1) That, while Edmonton has a potential modern day dynasty of sorts on their hands with Yakupov, RNH, Eberle, Hall, and Schultz...what the hell are they going to do when they're all due for raises? I mean...if you thought a core of Crosby/Malkin/Staal/Fleury was hard to keep together then wait till a few seasons from now.
2. NJ might potentially lose both Brodeur and Parise this off-season and they probably will. Kind of up **** creek without a paddle there. I see them doing a lot worse next season.
NJ always looks to be dead in the water after losing top-name players. They're like the Borg, though. They just assimilate other players from elsewhere and keep on keeping on.
Spain may have their first NHL player ever in a few years... at least Ander Alcaine has been invited to the Maple Leafs' prospect camp. He played for Briançon in the French top division last season (that team has just signed former Flyers prospect Dave Labrecque, btw... and they also have Olli Jokinen on the team, though it's not the penalty shot missing man we all love).
Couturier's an amazing player, but right now he's stuck behind a logjam of centers (with some even more centers like Laughton stuck behind him) so he won't start to reach his offensive potential for a long while. Offensively, he's a long-term player.