Movements in the world of hockey Tuesday:
National Hockey League
CALGARY FLAMES-Claimed D Lawrence Nycholat off waivers from Vancouver.
CAROLINA HURRICANES-Recalled F Dwight Helminen from Albany (AHL). Activated F Scott Walker from injured reserve.
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS-Recalled C Tim Brent from Rockford (AHL). Assigned RW Jack Skille to Rockford.
FLORIDA PANTHERS-Recalled D Keaton Ellerby from Rochester (AHL).
MINNESOTA WILD-Signed G Niklas Backstrom to a four-year contract.
MONTREAL CANADIENS-Assigned F Kyle Chipchura to Hamilton (AHL).
NEW YORK RANGERS-Claimed F Sean Avery off waivers from Dallas.
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS-Recalled F Claude Giroux from Philadelphia (AHL). Assigned D Nate Guenin and F Jared Ross to Philadelphia.
SAN JOSE SHARKS-Recalled F Brad Staubitz and F Lukas Kaspar from Worcester (AHL). Signed LW Brandon Mashinter.
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING-Placed LW Gary Roberts on waivers. Recalled C Paul Szczechura and RW Brandon Segal from Norfolk (AHL).
VANCOUVER CANUCKS-Agreed to terms with F Alexandre Burrows on a four-year contract extension.
ECHL-Suspended Stockton F Igor Gongalsky for two games and fined him and suspended Las Vegas F Ryler Mosienko for one game for their actions in games on March 1.
VICTORIA SALMON KINGS-Announced Vancouver (NHL) assigned F Dan Gendur to the team from Manitoba (AHL).
Central Hockey League
COLORADO EAGLES-Claimed D Clay Thoring off waivers from Bossier-Shreveport.