Well three would definitely be a fear But another way of putting my feeling is that maybe he sees after tonight it really isn't going to get any 'better' for him here than being serenaded off the ice after all he accomplished, that it only goes downhill from here especially with the team itself trending downward and him perhaps hitting some Marty-like years where the fans say **** your past accomplishments, you suck now (even if you don't suck, you're being judged against your own high standard).
And though it's starting to become even more a lovefest for the fans towards Patrik (understandably so), I don't think it's always been fun for him since he signed his 7-year deal. I think there's definitely been times when he's been frustrated and questioned his decision. If he decides that another team gives him a better chance to win (and there is definitely uncertainty with the Devils, so I can understand why he might doubt the Devils representing his best chance), it wouldn't surprise me that much if he left. I'm pretty much mentally prepared for him staying OR leaving. There's valid reasons for either decision.