Movements in the world of hockey Thursday:
National Hockey League
DETROIT RED WINGS-Assigned D Travis Ehrhardt, D Sergei Kolosov, D Sebastien Piche, F Jamie Tardif adn F Tomas Tatar to Grand Rapids (AHL). Released F Francis Lemieux and F John Vigilante and assigned them to Grand Rapids.
PHOENIX COYOTES-Announced the resignation of coach Wayne Gretzky. Signed Dave Tippett coach to a four-year contract. Sent G Al Montoya, D Shaun Heshka, F Jeff Hoggan, F Joel Perrault and F David Spina to San Antonio (AHL).
VANCOUVER CANUCKS-Signed coach Alain Vigneault to a a contract extension through the 2012-13 season. Assigned D Taylor Ellington, LW Pierre-Cedric Labrie, D Evan Oberg and RW Eric Walsky to Manitoba (AHL). Released G Darren Machesney and D Travis Ramsey and assigned them to Manitoba.
American Hockey League
HARTFORD WOLF PACK-Loaned F Ryan Garlock to Charlotte (ECHL). Announced F Chris Chappell has been reassigned to Charlotte. Released F Tyler Roig, F Matt Schepke, F Andrew Carroll and D Steve Ward who will join Charlotte. Released F Daniel Bartek, F Matt Maccarone and D Sasha Pokulok. Announced D Sam Klassen has been reassigned to Saskatoon (WHL) and D David Stich has been released and will return to Major Junior hockey.
MANITOBA MOOSE-Assigned G John Murray to Victoria (ECHL). Released LW Kaleb Betts, C Alexandre Imbeault, D Nicholas Bilotto, D Josh Kidd, D Robbie Bina, D Guillaume Lepine, D Julien Brouillette, D Scott Marchesi, G Stefan Drew, D Andrew Martens, C Matt Eagles, RW Ryan Menei, C Olivier Filion, RW Jon Rheault, C Ryan Garbutt, RW Matt Stefanishion, C Greg Hogeboom, RW Bear Trapp and D Scott Hotham.
SPRINGFIELD FALCONS-Released F Chris Davis, F Colin Power, F Chris D'Alvise, D Daryl Marcoux, F Chanse Fitzpatrick, F Jeff Hazelwood, D Jay Holladay and D Tim Kunes.
International Hockey League
MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS-Signed D Rumun Ndur, D Todd Spencer and RW Mark Cody to one-year contracts.