SOME CHANGES MADE
In some ways the most fouled up franchise in the National Hockey League is not one of the expansionist teams such as the New York Islanders but the long-established Detroit Red Wings.
Coach Johnny Wilson was cashiered and went to the Atlanta Flames as assistant general manager.
Gordie Howe, vice-president and Detroit's alltime great, resigned and joined sons Marty, 19, and Mark, 18, with the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association.
Only the other day the popular Baz Bastien departed as assistant general manager to take a similar post under Sid Abel, longtime friend, with the new Kansas City entry, the Scouts.
Now it appears that Alex Delvecchio, graying center of the Red Wings, may or may not join his old buddy Howe in Houston. "We've made him an attractive offer," Houston President James Smith conceded as rumors spread that Delvecchio had already signed. But then the Red Wings made him an attractive counter offer.
The legalized slaughter of thousands of robins in New Brunswick, Canada (SI, July 30) has been stopped. Jack Davis, Canadian Environment Minister, has announced that permits to shoot the birds, given last year to blueberry farmers, will not be renewed this year. The farmers have been advised to protect their berries with noisemakers.