MOVES ON: D Brad Marsh was traded by the Maple Leafs to the Red Wings for Detroit's eighth-round pick in this year's entry draft.

Marsh, 32, was used sparingly by Toronto this season. A first-round draft pick of the Atlanta Flames in 1978, the junior star enjoyed several good seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers before being claimed by Toronto in the waiver draft on Oct. 3, 1988.

Marsh was in uniform for just 22 games with the Maple Leafs this season, did not score a point and accumulated 15 minutes in penalties.

His career totals include 19 goals and 184 points.

CLOSE CALL: The Canucks' Friday flight to Los Angeles International Airport landed a little after 6 p.m. As the plane taxied toward its gate, a ball of fire shot past on a nearby runway. According to published reports, the mass of flames and metal from the collision of USAir Flight 1493 and a commuter plane, Skywest Flight 5569, passed within 150 yards of the team's plane. The flight was the last to land before the crash, which has claimed the lives of 34 persons.

Rookie Petr Nedved, who reportedly had a window seat and saw the crash, could hardly take the ice the next night against the Kings.

CLOSE CALL II: Red Wings rookie Keith Primeau received a letter recently from Uncle Sam. "It was a draft notice," Primeau said. Actually, it was a reminder from the government to register. It also was a mistake. Primeau is a Canadian citizen from Whitby, Ontario.