I am curious about a few things regarding the 1979 merger between the WHA and the NHL. First, why was Edmonton allowed to keep Gretzky? I imagine there had to have been a concession made to the existing NHL teams to do this. Secondly, was there anything given in perpetuity to the Cincinnati Stingers and Birmingham Bulls owners? The reason I wonder is the NBA made a blunder (from their end and a great deal from the Colonels' end) by giving the Kentucky Colonels of the ABA a share of the NBA's TV contract in perpetuity. Thirdly, why did the NHL refuse the Oilers Priority Selection of Bengt-Ake Gustafsson? He played two playoff games for the Oilers, so he should have been able to have been selected. Lastly, what happened to the WHA's on-ice officials? Were they a part of the merger? Did they simply lose their jobs? If they did, were they given any sort of compensation by either the WHA teams or the NHL?