The San Jose Sharks center is looking forward to spending time with his family as the NHL lockout wears on.
Sharks forward Ryane Clowe is a member of the ECHL's San Francisco Bulls, but doesn't expect to play for team any time soon.
Having an NHL player on your roster may not matter at all. In Hockey Allsvenskan, the Orebro HK is in first place out of 14 teams. In Elitserien, HV71 is first out of 12 teams. Both clubs have no locked-out NHL players on the roster.
Couture is currently on the first place GE Servette. Teammate Joe Thornton sits in 10th with HC Davos.