I know that Plushenko's programs in 09/10 weren't the most COP-friendly ones. I also think that by now perhaps there's no need to rehash all those arguments about Vancouver. But just regarding how his performances in that competition seems to get talked about: I have seen skating fans say that it was a stupid mistake to jump the quad. I have also seen skating fans say that he was "conservative" and "took his opponents lightly" because he jumped only one quad in the LP and didn't add a second one. I have seen skating fans say that the shortcomings in the area of transitions showed that he wasn't "sincere" in trying. I have seen someone call him a "fool" because "he would have won if he'd added a double after the 4-3" (paraphrase). All this seems to insist on ignoring the fact that at the time, he was struggling with his weight ("as with a worst enemy", in his own written words), the fact that all his injuries were still with him, especially his knees (to the extent that he was considering not competing in RN earlier that season, if I recall), and the fact that in modern men's skating, no Olympic champion before him had been away for three years, and returned to make it onto the Olympic pedestal again.
Regarding the quad: I am only a fan and I don't claim to know him better than anyone else, but as far as I can recall, over all the years he's been competing as a senior, there were about three occasions when he did not attempt a quad in a competition program (two of which were after Vancouver). All three were situations where he was suffering from very serious injuries. From things he had said before and after Vancouver (including comments on competitions that he himself wasn't in), I believe that it is his view that the quad is, in principle, an important, perhaps essential part of men's singles skating. (Note that he did not say that he considered it the only thing that mattered.) To hold such principles about figure skating, and to try to carry them out, may be seen as idealistic or idiotic, that's for each skating fan to decide. For me personally, that I consider it the former is one of the main reasons why I am a Plushenko fan.
It's somewhat ironic to me, that on the one hand, before each of his comebacks one sees many people say that Plushenko is too old, too injured, been gone for too long, it's impossible, etc., yet on the other hand, once he does come back, and if there are flaws in his performance, suddenly it turns around, and it's all because he (and his team) is "dumb", "arrogant", "lazy", not taking competitors seriously, not understanding the rules, etc. All this based on what technical elements he did or did not include/emphasize on ice. It seems that such statements can only be based on the assumption that somehow everything comes to him for free, physically and technically, and that somehow it really only depends on whatever he wants to do. There was some of this in 05/06, too, and perhaps something similar even this January. Maybe my experience is limited, but I don't recall seeing this kind of assumptions applied to any other skater. From others, perhaps to some extent that is to be expected, but, I am sorry, this is absolutely meant as a personal criticism or anything, but i have to say that it saddens me to see him being taken for granted by other fans of him.
I apologize for this hijack of the thread, which is about Evan. It's my usual soapbox about Plushenko, but his name got mentioned here. To be honest, I am not sure if it is really all that useful to compare him with Lysacek in terms of injuries or predicted chances. In the end, each skater has his or her own battles to fight, I guess.