|Wild trade D Belle to Montreal for C Locke|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 11 July 2008 11:16|
Both young players have spent the majority of their careers in the American Hockey League. The 24-year-old Locke had 85 goals and 144 assists in four seasons with the Hamilton Bulldogs. He was Montreal's fourth-round pick in 2003 and was a two-time MVP of the Ontario Hockey League.
The Wild need centers after losing Pavol Demitra, who signed a two-year deal with Vancouver on Thursday.
The 23-year-old Belle had a goal and two assists in 63 games for the Houston Aeros last season.