Johnny Wilson, vacationing "either in Florida or Bermuda," according to his son, may or may not know it at this writing, but he is no longer coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"The Penguins did not play the kind of hockey the last half of the season that they had the potential of playing," said the front office. "The record has to be laid at Wilson's door . . ."

So much for Pittsburgh's 30-37-3 NHL finish, 13th among 21 clubs, and first-round playoff elimination by Boston. And, in another development yesterday, so much -- it appears "99.5 percent" sure -- for Atlanta's tenure in the NHL.

Actor Glenn Ford, who earlier said five other investors from the entertainment industry might join him in bidding to buy the Flames and keep them in the Omni, has backed off -- "very disappointedly," says his agent, "that the economics of the situation make this otherwise desirable venture impractical."

Appears the Capitals -- who would become the league's southeastern-most team -- can get ready to check out hotel accommodations in Calgary on future western trips. Ford's nonaction means the eager Alberta rodeo town all but has the Flames in hand. Would they trade Jim Craig to a U.S. team? . . .

Herb Brooks, goalie Craig's coach in the gold-metal Olympic effort, said on a speaking tour the other night that some NHL team -- and at least three have contacted him -- might be able to buy out the two-year contract he signed recently to coach Davos of Switzerland. Rockies, Flames, Kings were the three; now the Pens as well? . . .