Keep in mind that Malkin and Staal are signed through next year, so their contract hits will not occur in 08. There are means of front-end or back-end loading contracts to dictate which years big costs will hit. It's kind of like faulty accounting, but legal. Watch for the Flyers in 3 years when they'll have a majority of their guys locked in still with the lower end of their contracts kicking in; they'll have lots of money and lots of room to go after big time players (maybe a goalie would be nice...please don't flame me with "Biron played awesome" stuff cause the guy just doesn't cut it).
It doesn't matter if they are front loaded, or back loaded. It is the average amount paid over the time that is held against the salary cap. It's gonna suck for teams down the line with these massive contracts.
Zetterberg deserved the Conn Smythe. What was he +16 in 22 games? Sickening.
Detroit is going to be able to put out a sexy team for years to come, this team is never going to have an 'off' year.
Penguins are going to be scary good in the regular season next year. I have them winning the presidents cup, unless they trade away some talent. They won't.
and finally, Go Canucks. Let's get ourselves to the top of the NW division again