from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, • Here’s the deal with Oren Koules: Koules was involved in Matt Hulsizer’s attempt to buy the Phoenix Coyotes before that deal fell apart. There are some serious questions as to whether or not the St. Louis deal will happen. “No guarantee,” two different sources said. But, if it does, Koules will be a partner.
• A member of the Avalanche organization sat down with Paul Stastny after last season and advised him to improve his foot speed. “He told me I’d be a more dangerous player,” Stastny said, being better prepared to do things like charge in behind the play to create scoring chances. Stastny listened, spending the summer doing plyometrics.
Who was this advisor? He smiled and wouldn’t say. But I’d bet his name rhymes with Moe Trakic.
• The Red Wings showed a really interesting five-on-three power-play look last Friday against Columbus. As Niklas Kronwall held the puck at the left point, both Henrik Zetterberg and Nicklas Lidstrom lined up to his right