Bob Probert of the Red Wings will miss Saturday's NHL game in Toronto, fearing that if he goes to Canada, he will not be allowed back.

He was ordered deported from the United States after pleading guilty to importing cocaine for personal use from Canada. He was arrested in March 1989 at a border crossing. He served a federal prison sentence, is on probation and still receiving treatment.

If the Windsor, Ontario, native joins the Red Wings in Canada, he will not be allowed to return because of the deportation order, said James H. Montgomery head of the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Michigan. Probert has appealed the order.


The Canadiens traded LW Martin Desjardins to the Blackhawks and D Todd Richards to the Whalers, each for future considerations.


The Flyers retired Bill Barber's No. 7 jersey last night, saying thanks to their all-time leading scorer (420 goals). "This is the icing on the cake," said Barber, who received a deafening two-minute ovation when he was introduced. Wednesday, the Sabres will retire the No. 11 worn 17 seasons by C Gilbert Perreault, the first Sabre so honored. Both Barber and Perreault were inducted into the Hall of Fame last month.