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Hockey transactions @NHL

Movements in the world of hockey Tuesday:

National Hockey League

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS-Signed C Antoine Vermette to a five-year contract extension through the 2014-15 season. Assigned D Cam Brodie, D Tim Filangieri, LW Chris Higgins, C Brock McBride, C Tyler Murovich and D Kevin Roeder to Syracuse (AHL).

MONTREAL CANADIENS-Signed F Philippe Lefebvre to a three-year contract. Assigned D Mac Bennett to Cedar Rapids (USHL), D Joe Stejskal to Dartmouth (ECAC) and G Jason Missiaen to Peterborough (OHL).

PHOENIX COYOTES-Assigned D Tim Billingsley to Mississauga-St. Michael's (OHL), RW Jordan Szwarz to Saginaw (OHL) and D Justin Weller to Red Deer (WHL).

ST. LOUIS BLUES-Exercised their contract option on coach Andy Murray through the 2010-11 season.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING-Assigned G Michael Zador to Oshawa (OHL), RW Matias Sointu to Ottawa (OHL), D Mark Barberio to Moncton (QMJHL), LW Alex Hutchings to Barrie (OHL) and RW Kyle DeCoste to Sault Ste. Marie (OHL).


CHARLOTTE CHECKERS-Agreed to terms with F Derek Couture and F Kenny Roche.

IDAHO STEELHEADS-Agreed to terms with F Evan Barlow, F Chris Myers, and F Garrett Regan.

READING ROYALS-Signed F Max Taylor.


International Hockey League

MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS-Agreed to terms with D Justin Dacosta and D Mike Novak.

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