The NHL board of governors held a telephone conference of all clubs yesterday and refused to change the bylaw that brought the league president's nullification of the Pierre Bouchard-Rod Schutt trade. So, since "a couple of clubs wouldn't waive on Bouchard," as Washington GM Max McNab reported, waiver draftee Bouchard is a Capital but staying in Montreal, insistent he will retire if he has to leave the Canadiens - and rookie winger Schutt is a Canadien but, it's hoped hereabouts, itching to be a Washingtonian.
Said McNab: "We are now trying to make contact with Pierre. We have an asset in Bouchard (at 30 the burly defenseman is an eight-year vet of hockey's best team) and we want to get him in uniform if at all possible. We are still negotiating with Montreal regarding Rod Schutt's contract" - trying to make a deal by other means.
Rommie Loudd, the old UCLA star who became honcho of the Jack Pardec-coached Florida Blazers of WFL, leaves a Florida prison today after serving three years of a 14-year term for selling cocaine - with his wife saying that among several job offers, Loudd leans toward a post as counselor to alcoholics and convicts.