Correct me if I'm wrong but his play was slumping before his injury too no?
Wrong. He had a career season, then broke his hand in either pre-season or camp and started to slump. It was clear he was in discomfort because his shot didn't look the same. Then, he busted his back. After he came back, he played like he had in the career season, but clearly something happened. It's likely he was still in discomfort because he lost mobility, couldn't stop on a dime like he had, and was afraid of contact. Usually when recovering from an injury we try to do too much too soon. Almost everyone does this. He probably found that a lot of that stuff was just a little too much. If it was a knee or a wrist or an elbow, you might be able to get away with it. But it was a spinal injury. That is just something you can't frack around with. It's just too dangerous.
Now that he's had proper time to heal, he's back to where he left off when he was healthy. I always knew this is how he would play, and I've said as much. So have a lot of others.
I find it sad/strange when people throw loyalty out the window when someone is injured/in need. You go out there, put everything you've got into it, going so far as to become physically injured and it amounts to nothing if you don't turn around the next day and start producing like nothing happened.
I just hope those people get more compassion/loyalty than they give if/when they are ever in need of it. Deserved or not.