You and me on the same page here. Kopitar is one of my favorite non-wings player as well. Wish we could get him next year, he would fit right into our system. But you're right it does seem like they're making preparations to keep him.
I remember reading an article several years ago when Kopitar was asked if he could play with any NHLer not currently on his team, who would it be, and he answered Zetterberg.