We heard some of the newcomers would be cut. Here's an early casualty: Kodi Kitchen (Maggie), Steve's old girlfriend. It's unclear whether we'll ever get the details of Steve's secret or not. And there goes the storyline Scott Reeves was promised, I guess. Hopefully there will be something better for him.
After torturing us with innuendo about the past, there will be a hasty end to at least Maggie's part in this alleged murder she and Steve committed for a good reason.
We will be seeing a lot of hastily-concluded storylines with the new writers in charge, Steve and Maggie and the Lady in White being two examples.