Hockey transactions

National Hockey League

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS-Returned F David Bolland to Norfolk of the AHL.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS-Assigned LW Alexandre Giroux and C David Steckel to Hershey of the AHL.

American Hockey League

GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS-Announced the Detroit Red Wings assigned G Jimmy Howard and C Matt Hussey to the team. Assigned G Logan Koopmans and RW Mike Walsh to Toledo of the ECHL.

HARTFORD WOLF PACK-Recalled D Ryan Constant from Charlotte of the ECHL. Announced the N.Y. Rangers assigned D Hannu Pikkarainen to Charlotte.

IOWA STARS-Announced F Chris Conner was recalled by the Dallas Stars. Reassigned D Matt Nickerson to Idaho of the ECHL.


CHARLOTTE CHECKERS-Traded D Bryan Rodney and future considerations to Stockton for F Stephen Slonina and D Jeff Lang.

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FLORIDA EVERBLADES-Traded D Ryan Van Buskirk to Bakersfield for future considerations. Announced Albany of the AHL recalled D Chris Dyment.

READING ROYALS-Signed F Michael Cohen, F Ross McCain and G Curtis Darling. Announced F Malcolm MacMillan was returned from Albany of the AHL and D Rob LaLonde was returned from Binghamton of the AHL. Announced Manchester of the AHL recalled D Bryan Schmidt. Released G Chris Cuppett.

UTAH GRIZZLIES-Acquired D James Sanford from Texas for F Brendan Cook and G Ben Gray from Cincinnati for cash.

Central Hockey League

AUSTIN ICE BATS-Announced Houston of the AHL assigned G Tony Quesada to the team. Waived G Chris Cole.

COLORADO EAGLES-Waived D Aaron Grosul.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN RAGE-Signed D Preston Briggs.