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The St. Louis Blues on Friday returned center Dave Scatchard to their AHL farm team, the Peoria Rivermen.

Scatchard, 35, has 4 goals and 13 points in 30 games with Peoria, as well as 1 assist in eight games with the Blues. Scatchard was recalled by the Blues on an emergency basis Thursday, and he's has been called up by the Blues and sent back to Peoria twice in the last few days. He also missed time with a knee injury suffered during a December callup by the Blues.

Sharks sign free agent -- The San Jose Sharks have signed unrestricted free agent right wing James Livingston to an entry-level contract.

Livingston has spent the last five seasons playing in the Ontario Hockey League where he played parts of four seasons for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds before being traded in 2009-10 to the Plymouth Whalers. In 57 games for Plymouth this season he has tied his career high in goals (21) and set career highs in assists (28) and points (46). The 6-foot-1, native of Newmarket, Ont., has 81 goals and 172 points, along with 478 penalty minutes in 311 career OHL games.

"We are excited about James joining the San Jose Sharks organization," GM Doug Wilson said. "He is a big winger who is not afraid to go to the tough areas to score goals, but is also very responsible defensively.  We are looking forward to watching him develop in our system."

Senators sign 2008 pick Borowiecki -- The Ottawa Senators on Friday signed defenseman Mark Borowiecki, to a two-year entry-level contract. Borowiecki will conclude this season with AHL Binghamton Senators on an amateur tryout agreement.

Borowiecki, 21, was the Senators' fifth-round pick (No. 139) in the 2008 Entry Draft -- and was the first Ottawa native ever drafted by the team. Borowiecki recently completed his third season at Clarkson University, which ended when the Golden Knights were defeated in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference's playoffs by Harvard.

Borowiecki served as Clarkson's captain while playing in 31 games this season, tying for the team lead in scoring among defensemen with 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) and a career-high 67 penalty minutes. In three seasons with the Golden Knights, he scored 12 goals, 20 assists and had 146 penalty minutes in 99 games.

Coyotes return Summers to AHL -- The Phoenix Coyotes on Friday assigned defenseman Chris Summers to the San Antonio Rampage, their AHL affiliate.
 
The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder was recalled by the Coyotes on an emergency basis on Wednesday. He has played two games with the Coyotes this season, collecting 4 penalty minutes. In 58 games with the Rampage, the 23-year-old native of Ann Arbor, Mich., has recorded 1 goal , 8 points and 52 penalty minutes.
 
Summers was drafted by the Coyotes in the first round (No. 29) in the 2006 Entry Draft.

Thrashers return Postma to AHL  --
The Atlanta Thrashers on Friday reassigned defenseman Paul Postma to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.

Postma, 22, has appeared in 64 games for the Wolves this season and leads all Chicago defensemen with 11 goals, 30 assists and 41 points. In 127 career AHL games with Chicago during the past two seasons,, Postma has 70 points (26 goals, 44 assists). He was recalled by the Thrashers twice this season (Feb. 14 and March 8), and made his NHL debut against the Carolina Hurricanes on March 9.

The Red Deer, Alta.,  native was selected by the Thrashers in the seventh round (No. 205) in the 2007 Entry Draft.

Flames recall Bouma -- The Calgary Flames on Friday recalled forward Lance Bouma from the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League.

Bouma, a native of Provost, Alta.,  appeared in five games with the Flames in his first callup to the NHL. During that time he recorded his first NHL point, an assist on Feb. 7. Playing in his first professional season, he has recorded 12 goals and 8 assists for 20 points while accumulating 53 penalty minutes in 58 games with the Heat.

Bouma was Calgary's third-round pick (No. 78) in the 2008 Entry Draft.
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