Some observations thus far:
-Is there any possible reason why Nazem Kadri won't make the Toronto roster opening night? I'm not a huge fan of him, though he's still very young and will no doubt mature, but he has been a consistent point producer so far. With the addition of Kessel, the Leafs may have some offense to speak of. Expect Gustavsson in net often. UPDATE: So I called this one wrong, Kadri was sent back to London today. As a Sabres fan, this is good news because it's one less threat.
-Max Afinogenov playing for the Thrashers aka Atlanta Dynamo. Despite rumors of ending up in the large Russian contingency of Washington, Max joins Kovy, Kozlov, and kompany in the dirty south. He's actually putting up points. Good for Max.
-Edmonton, (pulls collar) eesh.
-John Tavares, stop trying to play like you need to prove you're a #1 draft pick. We know you're talented, but try being smart too.
-Gretzky out, Tippett in. I think more people follow the plight of the Coyotes than the play of the Coyotes.
-Even though he's had an incredible career to date, I'm making the prediction that this will be a career year for Pavel Datsyuk. Despite being notoriously inaccurate with predictions, book it.
So long, 'Merica. See you when I see you,