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Hockey transactions

Movements in the world of hockey Thursday:

National Hockey League

CALGARY FLAMES-Recalled F David Van der Gulik from Quad City (AHL).

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS-Recalled G Antti Niemi from Rockford (AHL).

MONTREAL CANADIENS-Traded F Steve Begin to Dallas from D Doug Janik.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS-Waived C Glen Metropolit and D Ossi Vaananen.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS-Traded D Ryan Whitney to Anaheim for F Chris Kunitz and F Eric Tangradi.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS-Recalled F Michael Grabner from Manitoba (AHL). Assigned F Alexandre Bolduc and F Michael Grabner to Manitoba.

American Hockey League

AHL-Suspended Syracuse LW Tom Sestito for one game for his actions in a game on Feb. 25.

HARTFORD WOLF PACK-Returned G Maxime Daigneault to Charlotte (ECHL).

SPRINGFIELD FALCONS-Recalled D Ryan Constant from Stockton (ECHL).

TORONTO MARLIES-Signed D Joe Ryan.

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS-Recalled F Jordan Morrison from Wheeling (ECHL).

Eastern Professional Hockey League

BROOKLYN ACES-Traded D Nick Grove to Hudson Valley for future considerations.

HUDSON VALLEY BEARS-Announced Wichita (CHL) recalled F Devin Guy.

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