HIRED: As coach of the Vancouver Canucks, VICSTASIUK, 10 days after he was fired from the same post with the California Golden Seals. Stasiuk will replace Hal Laycoe, who has signed a one-year contract as vice-president in charge of player development for the Canucks.
NAMED: As general manager of the Utah Stars, ARNIE FERRIN, a four-time All-America for the University of Utah. He succeeds Vince Boryla, who retains his post as president of the Stars.
SIGNED: To a one-year contract worth $63,000, with the Oakland Athletics, VIDA BLUE, the American League's 1971 Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award winner.
TRADED: By the California Angels, right-handed Pitcher TOM MURPHY, 26, to the Kansas City Royals for First Baseman-Outfielder BOB OLIVER, 29. Both were off last season after impressive 1970 campaigns. Murphy slumped to 6-17 from 16-13 but was victimized by eight shutouts and three 2-1 losses. Oliver hit just eight homers and knocked in 52 runs after 27 homers and 99 RBIs in 1970.