Philadelphia General Manager Bobby Clarke is desperately trying to make a trade, but is finding few takers. Over the weekend, Detroit rejected Clarke's offer of Ilkka Sinisalo for Brent Ashton.

The Flyers called up goaltender Wendell Young, who was 7-2 at Hershey, and said he would play at New Jersey Wednesday. Ron Hextall had played 11 straight games, posting a 2-7-2 record with a 3.94 goals-against average.

Despite the Flyers' 5-11-3 start, there is no shortage of laughs in Philadelphia. Pat Croce, the Flyers' physical conditioning coach, was host of "The Morning Zoo" on WMMR-FM last week and woke both Clarke and Coach Mike Keenan for 6 a.m. comments.

Dave Brown, serving a 15-game suspension for a stick assault on the Rangers Tomas Sandstrom, is practicing with the team but cannot play until Dec. 6. He turned up the other night as master of ceremonies at the Comedy Factory Outlet in Philadelphia. Riggin Hails Murray

Washington Coach Bryan Murray received an endorsement from an unexpected source. Pittsburgh goalie Pat Riggin, who had his disagreements with Murray when he played for Washington, said, "Bryan Murray is a good coach, the best I ever played for." . . . Dr. Randy Gregg, the defenseman who left Edmonton to join the Canadian Olympic team, collided with a teammate and has been lost for three weeks with torn cartilage in his right knee . . . Minnesota center Brian Lawton, whose career took an upward turn last season with a plus-20 rating that led the team, has taken another step forward this season under Herb Brooks. "Herbie's been good to me, I'm getting a lot of ice time and I'm enjoying it," Lawton said. "You know that's something different for me." . . . Sunday marks the 70th anniversary of the National Hockey League . . .

The point streaks of Chicago's Denis Savard and Quebec's Peter Stastny, which had stretched since opening day, ended Saturday night after 16 games each. Savard fell victim to the shutout goaltending of Montreal's Patrick Roy. Stastny missed the Nordiques' game in Los Angeles because of a back injury suffered the night before in Vancouver . . . Goaltender Reggie Lemelin of Boston was named NHL player of the week for his 3-0, 1.67 goals-against performance last week . . . The New York Rangers are committed to paying center Marcel Dionne, 36, a total of $2 million over the next three seasons. Struggling in Vancouver

Brian Burke, director of hockey operations for the struggling Vancouver Canucks, said, "The situation we're in reminds me of what Lou Vairo said a few years ago in New Jersey: 'I can see a light at the end of the tunnel, but the tunnel goes to Europe.' " . . . In a similar vein, Gene Ubriaco, general manager-coach of the 0-18 Baltimore Skipjacks, said, "If I was only the manager, I'd fire the coach. I'm in the middle of the water and I hope I've got a paddle, because I'd like to at least get close to shore." . . .

Yvon Labre, who played for the 1974-75 Washington team that lost an NHL-record 17 in a row, said he had forgotten that streak until he was reminded of it by a story on the Skipjacks. "Why would anyone want to remember it?" Labre said. "That kind of thing you forget as soon as you can." Labre said he did recall the night it ended in Oakland, not because of the streak, but "It was our first win on the road after losing the first 37. Bomber {Tommy Williams} got everyone to sign a waste basket and we carried it around, pretending it was the Stanley Cup." Sabres' Housley: Fast Start

Defenseman Phil Housley of Buffalo is scoring goals at a pace that would erase Paul Coffey's NHL record of 48 by a defenseman, set in 1985-86. Housley has 13 in 18 games, which translates to 57 over a full season . . . The Calgary Flames had their first non-sellout in 286 games since moving from Atlanta when "only" 18,684 attended a game against Buffalo. The Saddledome recently added 2,792 seats because many seats must be removed during the Winter Olympics to allow for the larger international ice surface . . .

Ballots to choose the starting lineups for the Feb. 9 All-Star Game in St. Louis are available in all NHL rinks, as well as in certain publications and at sponsoring auto dealers. Four Washington players are listed: right wing Mike Gartner and defensemen Rod Langway, Larry Murphy and Scott Stevens. Voting ends Dec. 31.