of course stevie had a part in this. look at who was called almost immediately to 'replace' LB, before he was even officially axed. none other than mike campbell, her longtime friend and tom's bff. my take is that stevie is still distressed from tom's death and when the scheduling conflict with lindsey came up, the arguments started and she took it as a chance to bring mike into the band. someone on TL compared it to when she married robin's widower after robin died. it's certainly a tragedy.
That could be very possible, but it’s also speculation.