RETIRED: Hartford Whalers right wing WAYNE BABYCH, 29, who scored 192 goals in his eight-year career with four NHL teams.
Minnesota North Stars defenseman BRAD MAXWELL, 30, who played for five teams in his 10-year NHL career. In 1983-84, Maxwell set a Minnesota club record by scoring 19 goals, the most by a defenseman in a season.
SIGNED: By the St. Louis Cardinals, infielder DOUG DeCINCES, 37, who was released by the California Angels on Sept. 25. The 13-year veteran has a .259 career batting average.
TRADED: By the New York Rangers, left wing GEORGE McPHEE, 29, to the Winnipeg Jets for a fourth-round 1989 draft pick; and to the Quebec Nordiques, defenseman TERRY CARKNER, 21, and left wing JEFF JACKSON, 22, for left wing JOHN OGRODNICK, 28, and defenseman DAVID SHAW, 23. In eight NHL seasons with Detroit and Quebec, Ogrodnick has scored 270 goals.