A major trade sends forward Ron Duguay, a Rangers' fan favorite, and often brilliant goalie Ed Mio to Detroit and moves defenseman Willie Huber, biggest player in the NHL at 6 feet 5, 225 pounds, to New York. Going to the Red Wings with Duguay and Mio, who won five of eight in the recent playoffs against Flyers and Islanders, is 5-foot-9 right wing Eddie Johnstone. Coming east with Huber, Detroit's only 1983 all-star gamer, are LW Mark Osborne and RW Mike Blaisdell. Rangers General Manager Craig Patrick said his team went after size . . .

The St. Louis Blues churn in limbo. Bill Hunter readies a revised offer to bring the team to Saskatoon; set now "to meet all the conditions" the NHL specified in rejecting the Saskatchewan group's $11.5 million offer . . . Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau explores "whether there is some way I could use my good office to influence the president of the NHL" in behalf of Saskatoon . . . Californian Harry Ornest is coming in with a bid that would keep the club in St. Louis . . . Indianapolis, with a letter from Mayor William H. Hudnut III to NHL President John Ziegler, offers "our beautiful Market Square Arena facility with favorable lease terms" and help in finding "new ownership (local)" for the team.