Former NHL Ds Rod Langway and Gordie Roberts and former college coach Sid Watson are the 1999 inductees for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

Langway, who played four seasons with the Canadiens and 11 with the Capitals, won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's most outstanding defenseman in the 1982-83 and 1983-84 seasons. He was a member of the 1978-79 Stanley Cup champion Canadiens. Langway was selected a first-team all-star in 1983 and 1984 and captained Team USA at the 1981, 1984 and 1987 Canada Cup tournaments.

* NO PRIMEAU FOR HURRICANES: C Keith Primeau rejected the latest contract offer from the Hurricanes yesterday, meaning that last season's leading scorer will miss the team's season opener today at Boston. The Hurricanes also turned up the heat in the negotiations, stripping the all-star of his captain's title. Ron Francis will be the team's captain this season.

Primeau is seeking $5 million per season.

* NEWS & NOTES: The Bruins agreed to terms on a three-year contract with D Nick Boynton, their first-round pick in this year's draft. . . . The Rangers assigned first-round draft picks Fs Pavel Brendl and Jamie Lundmark to their junior league teams after the two failed to make the team's roster.