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National Hockey League

CAROLINA HURRICANES-Signed Jim Rutherford, general manager, to a five-year contract.

American Hockey League

AHL-Suspended Hartford RW Francis Lessard for 10 games and Portland LW Trevor Gillies for six games for their actions in an April 15 game.

GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS-Signed D Jakub Kindl. Assigned D Tom Galvin to Muskegon (UHL).

HARTFORD WOLF PACK-Announced the N.Y. Rangers (NHL) assigned G Alex Westlund and D Hannu Pikkarainen from Hartford to Charlotte (ECHL) and the Rangers recalled G Chris Holt and LW Zdenek Bahensky from Charlotte.

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