'Canes also acquire Hutchinson from Predators

Updated: July 29, 2005, 8:08 PM ET
Associated Press

Carolina Hurricanes- Calgary Flames- Nashville Predators: The Hurricanes acquired defensemen Mike Commodore and Andrew Hutchinson on Friday for a pair of third-round picks in Saturday's NHL draft.

The Hurricanes acquired Commodore from Calgary for the 69th overall pick and then dealt the 78th pick to Nashville for Hutchinson. Both players provide size and youth to the Hurricanes' defense.

Commodore, 25, played last season with the Lowell Lock Monsters of the AHL. Calgary and Carolina share the minor-league team.

"Our staff got to know Mike really well during his time with Lowell last year," Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said. "He's a big, young player that we feel will be a good addition to our defense."

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Commodore had six goals and 29 assists with Lowell to lead the team's defensemen in scoring. He played for Calgary in the 2004 postseason, when the Flames lost to Tampa Bay in the Stanley Cup finals.

Hutchinson, 25, played all of last season with Milwaukee, Nashville's AHL affiliate. He finished with 10 goals and 35 assists in 76 games and had four goals and four assists in 18 games with the Predators in 2003-04.

Minnesota Wild: The team has re-signed nine-year veteran right winger Alexandre Daigle to a contract.

Daigle, 30, appeared in 78 games in the Wild's 2003-2004 season, his first with the team. He led the Wild with 20 goals, 51 points and 12 multipoint games. Daigle finished second among Wild players with 31 assists and six power-play goals.

The 6-foot, 202-pound Daigle has played in 570 NHL games since he was drafted first overall by Ottawa in 1993. He has 299 career points.

Buffalo Sabres: Defenseman Dmitri Kalinin re-signed with the Sabres, exercising his one-year contract option.

Kalinin, among the Sabres' top two blue-liners, will make $1.33 million next season.

Buffalo's first-round draft pick in the 1998 draft, Kalinin is a five-year veteran who led Sabres defensemen with 10 goals, 24 assists and 34 points -- all career highs -- in 77 games during the 2003-04 season.

The Sabres also re-signed defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick by exercising their team option to pick up the final year of his contract, worth $532,000.

A nine-year NHL veteran, Fitzpatrick is a journeyman player who has spent the previous three seasons with Buffalo.

He had four goals, seven assists and 11 points in a career-high 60 games with the Sabres in 2003-04.

Detroit Red Wings: The team signed forward Ryan Oulahen and defenseman Kyle Quincey to three-year, entry-level contracts on Friday.

Quincey, who was Detroit's fourth-round pick in the 2003 draft, spent the last two seasons with the Ontario Hockey League's Mississauga IceDogs. In 2004-05, he had 15 goals and 31 assists in 59 games.

Oulahen, who was drafted as Detroit's fifth-round pick in 2003, spent the last three seasons with the OHL's Brampton Battalion. He was captain in 2004-05, scoring 27 goals and 31 assists in 64 games.

Also on Friday, Todd McLellan was hired as an assistant coach.

He coached the Houston Aeros, the primary affiliate of the Wild, the last four seasons. The Aeros beat Grand Rapids in the 2003 Calder Cup Championship.

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