ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -In need of centers, the Minnesota Wild traded defenseman Shawn Belle to Montreal for center Corey Locke on Friday.
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.
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