Former Aeros defenseman traded to Montreal

July 11, 2008 7:14:04 PM PDT
The Minnesota Wild on Friday traded former Aeros defenseman Shawn Bell to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for center Corey Locke.Belle, 23, posted three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in 63 games for the AHL's Aeros last season. He was acquired by the Wild from the Dallas Stars along with defenseman Martin Skoula for Willie Mitchell on March 9, 2006.

Locke, 24, has spent the last four seasons with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs, totaling 229 points (85 goals, 144 assists) in 313 games. He made his NHL debut with the Canadiens against the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 8.

In another Wild transaction later on Friday, the team signed forward Krys Kolanos to a one-year contract.

Kolanos, 26, recorded 63 points (30 goals, 33 assists) including 11 power play goals and three game-winning goals in 63 games with the Quad City Flames in 2007-08. He ranked tied for first in goals and second in scoring for Quad City and his 272 shots on goal ranked tied for second in the AHL. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound native of Calgary, Alberta, has notched 35 points (17 goals, 18 assists) in 115 career NHL matches with Phoenix and Edmonton.

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