Hockey transactions

Movements in the world of hockey Thursday:

National Hockey League

ATLANTA THRASHERS-Traded F Ilya Kovalchuk and D Anssi Salmela to the New Jersey Devils for RW Niclas Bergfors, D Johnny Oduya, F Patrice Cormier and a first-round pick.

CAROLINA HURRICANES-Reassigned F Jiri Tlusty to Albany (AHL).

MINNESOTA WILD-Recalled G Anton Khudobin from Houston (AHL). Placed G Niklas Backstrom on injured reserve.

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PHOENIX COYOTES-Recalled C Joel Perrault from San Antonio (AHL). Re-assigned F Mikkel Boedker to San Antonio.

American Hockey League

LAKE ERIE MONSTERS-Assigned F Cedric McNicoll to Charlotte (ECHL).

NORFOLK ADMIRALS-Released F Ryan Cruthers. ECHL

VICTORIA SALMON KINGS-Loaned F Olivier Latendresse to Abbotsford (AHL).