If Alex Ovechkin ever thought of hiking off to the KHL down the road, it could land with the Moscow Dynamo, for whom he’s an adviser. The club is owned by billionaire Arkady Rotenberg, who used to spar at judo with Russian president Vladimir Putin when they were kids.

- Longtime Edmonton Oilers orthopedic specialist Dr. David Reid’s hopes of being in the owner’s box at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby were recently dashed when one of the favourites, Honor Code, was ruled out of the Derby because of a small tear in the right hind upper suspensory. Dr. Reid was in a group of owners of Honor Code, who had just gotten over an ankle problem.

- Kudos to ex-Oilers goalie Jeff Deslauriers for winning the AHL’s top goalie award with Eric Harzell in Wilkes-Barre, Pittsburgh’s farm team. Deslauriers played 40 games for the Pens’ affiliate with a 2.58 goals-against average.

- Ryan Murray, playing on the first defence pairing for the Columbus Blue Jackets, doesn’t have a ‘wow’ factor, but team president John Davidson says “he’s not flashy, but he makes these little plays all night long. He’s not physical per se, but he doesn’t lose battles. His hockey IQ is of the highest nature.”

- I’m going to miss TSN’s Ray Ferraro between the benches next NHL season now that Sportsnet’s got the broadcast rights. He’s the best in the business. I keep thinking he should be on an NHL management-team train, with his smarts. Ferraro tells a nice story about why Pavel Datsyuk is who he is. “(Son) Landon was at his first Detroit camp and he got on the same team as Pav,” said Ferraro, who played almost 1100 NHL games. “The way the Wings work it is they break into three groups and two play a game and the other works out in the gym and practices. Landon was taking off his equipment one day after not playing a game and he sees Pav doing the same, then putting on his gym stuff. Pav doesn’t look at Landon as he walks by, but Landon sees him and immediately puts on his gym stuff too. That’s the definition of a pro.”

- Now that ex-Oilers goalie Jim Corsi is no longer the Buffalo Sabes’ goalie teacher after 16 years there, maybe he should get on the web and do tutorials on his Corsi rating (shots directed at the opposing net compared to attempts on your own cage). Feeling in Buffalo is Arturs Irbe, who was Latvia’s goalie coach when Sabres coach Ted Nolan was the Latvian Olympic head man, will get Corsi’s job. Irbe had a gig as the Washington Capitals’ goalie coach three years ago.