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Hockey transactions

National Hockey League

ANAHEIM DUCKS-Signed D Shane Hnidy to a two-year contract.

BUFFALO SABRES-Signed G Jocelyn Thibault to a one-year contract.

CALGARY FLAMES-Signed D Anders Eriksson to a two-year contract.

COLORADO AVALANCHE-Signed F Marek Svatos to a one-year contract.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS-Signed D Jan Hejda to a two-year contract.

DETROIT RED WINGS-Re-signed F Jiri Hudler to a two-year contract.

EDMONTON OILERS-Acquired D Allan Rourke and a 2008 third-round draft pick from the N.Y. Islanders for a 2008 second-round draft pick.

MINNESOTA WILD-Re-signed F Pierre-Marc Bouchard to a one-year contract.

MONTREAL CANADIENS-Signed D Jamie Rivers and D Marvin Degon to one-year contracts. Re-signed D Mathieu Biron and C Cory Urquhart to one-year contracts and LW Tomas Plekanec to a two-year contract.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS-Signed F Shane Willis and G Dan Ellis to one-year contracts. Re-signed D Nolan Yonkman to a one-year contract.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS-Signed G Kevin Weekes.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS-Signed F Bill Guerin to a two-year contract and C Mike Comrie to a one-year contract.

NEW YORK RANGERS-Agreed to terms with F Petr Prucha on a two-year contract.

OTTAWA SENATORS-Named Brent Flahr director of hockey operations and Tim Murray assistant general manager.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS-Agreed to terms with F Maxime Talbot and F Erik Christensen on two-year contracts.

ST. LOUIS BLUES-Signed D Micki DuPont.

American Hockey League

HERSHEY BEARS-Announced the Washington Capitals have signed C Kyle Wilson and D Jame Pollock.

Central Hockey League




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