The Flyers freakin' love Couturier. They may trade him for the right deal, and for Cap-related issues, but not unless the return is better than Jonathan Ericsson.
This isn't a thread about Jimmy Howard, but I really don't believe in "elite" goaltenders anymore. There are guys like Kiprusoff, Giguere, and Cam Ward who have won Cups and were considered "elite-level" netminders at points in their career....and then look completely ordinary at other times. Team defense and system certainly has a lot to do with that.
I think there's minimum level of competency and consistency you need to prove as a goaltender that places you in the first or second "tier" of goaltenders, and any one of those guys could be good enough to do the job in the right circumstance. Problem is, I think there's literally 15 of those guys. Lundquist, Rinne, Luongo, Niemi, Price, Ryan Miller....all those guys are capable of playing at at top level, and I think Jimmy Howard is somewhere in that group. At the same time, I could easily see a guy like Rinne or Price not being nearly has well regarded in 3 years, if their performances tail off a bit.
I feel like in the "dead puck" era, the combination of a defensively-oriented game and no salary cap (which allowed teams like Detroit, Colorado, etc. to restock) helped breed these "super goalies" like Roy, Brodeur, Belfour, Hasek, etc. All of them were greats, but I'm not sure you could have dropped them into this era and expected 10-15 year careers of sustained superstardom. With those adjusted expectations in mind, we're damn lucky to have Jimmy Howard, and luckier still that he doesn't cost what Luongo costs (yet, anyway).