The notion that NBC could just take Y&R is ridiculous.
Sony and Bill Bell would have to agree,it would have to happen when the CBS contract is up and the only inducement would be a shedload of money, which even then would surely not be viable for NBC.
If I was being asked in 1985,I would have told NBC to go after Y&R and given them that (useless) advice for free.
It's like saying that at the time ABC should buy the Cosby Show-it just doesn't work that way.
Or maybe Lynde just liked Storm more than he liked her. It's hard to say. Jacqueline Courtney only had nice things to say about Robert Woods when they were on OLTL together, but his comments about her were not always so glowing.