But the Blues and Devils can strike a deal any time before Houston renders a decision.
New Jersey general manager Lou Lamoriello hopes to get center Adam Oates or defenseman Scott Stevens as compensation for Shanahan. The Blues have been reported as offering winger Rod Brind'Amour and either center Dan Quinn or goaltender Curtis Joseph.
Troy Crowder, 23, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound right winger, signed a three-year contract for about $300,000 per season with the Detroit Red Wings, setting up a compensation battle with New Jersey.
Because Crowder is a Type I free agent, the Wings owe the Devils a player. The teams have 72 hours, beginning when the Wings file Crowder's contract with the NHL today.
The Wings won a bidding war for Crowder after learning that he was being courted by the St. Louis Blues. Last season, Crowder scored six goals and had nine points with 182 penalty minutes in 59 games.
Flyers general manager Russ Farwell said yesterday that he should know by early next week whether 27-year-old Soviet left winger Andrei Lomakin could join the team this season.
Lomakin, who will play with Team USSR in the forthcoming Canada Cup tournament, was chosen by the Flyers in the seventh round of June's NHL entry
draft. He has played the last five seasons with Moscow Dynamo in the Soviet Union.
Former Miami quarterback Bryan Fortay has chosen to attend Rutgers, his home-town university.
Fortay quit the team at Miami on Sunday after losing a battle with Gino Torretta for the starting position.
The third-year sophomore from East Brunswick, N.J., will sit out this season but has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Frank Costa, a heralded second-year freshman from St. Joseph's Prep, now becomes the backup to Torretta, a junior.
WSSJ-AM (1310) of Camden has reached an agreement to carry all Penn State football games, starting with tonight's 9 o'clock Kickoff Classic against Georgia Tech. The station also will carry Pitt football on a delayed basis, plus a national game every Saturday. On Sundays, WSSJ will carry Grambling football at 1 p.m. and an NFL game of the week at 4 p.m.
University of Pittsburgh players elected tight end Eric Seaman, a former Inquirer all-area selection from West Chester East, as one of their captains. The Panthers also chose defensive lineman Sean Gilbert, linebacker Ricardo McDonald and quarterback Alex Van Pelt.
New York Knicks forward Charles Oakley was charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct for pushing and threatening a busboy at an Atlanta restaurant. Atlanta Police Officer E. E. Earls said he broke up an argument between Oakley and the busboy early Monday at an International House of Pancakes. Oakley, who also was charged with being intoxicated, faces a court hearing next month, said an Atlanta Municipal Court spokeswoman who declined to give her name.
Dr. Foot will meet Ishkabibble's Eatery in the Charles Baker League championship game at 7:15 tonight in McGonigle Hall.
Rico Washington scored 22 points, Duane Causwell added 21, and Bryant Watson added 16 as Dr. Foot edged Carolina Rice, 99-98, in a semifinal last night.
Ron Anderson scored 42 and Lionel Simmons added 17 as Ishkabibble's torched Fierstein Oldsmobile, 105-84, in the second game.
Larry Stewart scored 19 to lead Carolina. Damu Forman had 17 for Fierstein.
American League umpire Steve Palermo, who was shot in the back last month while chasing four robbery suspects, said he was neither angry at his assailants nor sorry that he got in their way.
"I think my wife's got the anger. I don't have the anger," Palermo said at an emotional news conference at the Dallas Rehabilitation Institute in his first public remarks since the July 7 shooting. "I'm going to walk again. Long before their punishment may be up. So who got the worst part of the deal?"
Palermo, 41, was able only to wiggle two toes on his right foot when he entered the rehabilitation institute July 15, but now he is walking slowly with braces and forearm crutches.