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Deals struck before Clear Day deadline

Several American Hockey League teams shuffled their rosters in advance of Thursday afternoon’s 3:00 (ET) Clear Day deadline. The complete Clear Day lists will be released on theahl.com no earlier than 10:00 a.m. (ET) on Friday.


The Chicago Wolves acquired right wing Niko Dimitrakos on loan from the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers. In exchange, the Wolves traded center Jared Ross to the AHL’s Philadelphia Phantoms.

Dimitrakos has appeared in 158 career regular-season NHL games, collecting 24 goals, 62 points and 95 penalty minutes with San Jose and Philadelphia. The 27-year-old forward has accrued six penalty minutes in five outings this season with the Flyers and has notched 28 points (15g, 13a) and 34 penalty minutes in 45 matchups with the Phantoms.

In his AHL career, Dimitrakos has accumulated 34 goals and 46 assists for 80 points in 107 career contests with Cleveland and Philadelphia, and played in the 2003 AHL All-Star Classic.

Ross has accrued 35 assists and 42 points in 103 career AHL games over two seasons with the Wolves, including seven goals and 15 points in 41 games this season. The 24-year-old forward four seasons at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, where he was teammates with Phantoms goaltender Scott Munroe.


The Binghamton Senators signed defenseman Terry Virtue to a standard player contract. Virtue, a native of Scarborough, Ont., had been serving as a player/assistant coach with Austin of the Central Hockey League this season.

A two-time Calder Cup champion (Providence: 1999, Hartford: 2000), Virtue has played in 865 career AHL games, good for 15th on the league’s all-time list. He has recorded 87 goals and 295 assists, and ranks 12th all-time with 1,829 penalty minutes.


The Peoria Rivermen received forward Peter Ferraro on loan from the NHL’s New York Islanders. In exchange, the Rivermen have loaned defenseman Stephen Wood to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Ferraro has 10 goals and 10 assists in 37 games for the Sound Tigers this season. The MVP of the 1999 Calder Cup Playoffs has 248 goals and 337 assists for 585 points in 608 career American Hockey League contests.

Wood had two assists in 16 games with Peoria this season. The native of Cambridge, Mass., won an ECHL championship with Trenton in 2005.


Aaron Downey, a teammate of Virtue’s and Ferraro’s on the 1999 Calder Cup championship Providence Bruins team, is returning to Providence on loan from the Montreal Canadiens. In exchange, the Boston Bruins have loaned goaltender Philippe Sauve to the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Sauve is 14-16-1 in 33 appearances with Providence and San Antonio this season. The 2003 AHL All-Star goaltender also appeared in two NHL games with the Bruins in 2006-07.

Downey played in 21 games with the Canadiens this season, and registered one goal and 48 penalty minutes. He has played 183 career NHL games with Montreal, St. Louis, Dallas, Chicago and Boston, registering seven goals, six assists and 371 PIM. Downey played three seasons in Providence from 1997-2000.


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins acquired defenseman Peter Ratchuk on loan from the Minnesota Wild. It is the second stint with the Penguins for Ratchuk, who skated in Wilkes-Barre during the 2001-02 season.

Ratchuk has five goals and 16 assists for 21 points in 50 games with the AHL’s Houston Aeros this season. He has played in 388 career AHL games with the Penguins, recording 53 goals and 110 assists for 163 points.

The Penguins also acquired defenseman Reagan Rome from the Manitoba Moose for future considerations. Rome, 25, has appeared in seven games with the Moose this season, recording one assist and two penalty minutes.

The native of Nesbitt, Man., has recorded five assists and 27 PIM in 22 career AHL games with Cincinnati, Manchester and Manitoba.


The Hershey Bears acquired defensemen Tim Wedderburn and Troy Milam from the Chicago Wolves.

Wedderburn, who played for Hershey during the 2002-03 season, played in 73 games last season for the Wolves, recording six assists and 57 penalty minutes. He had appeared in one game with Chicago in 2006-07.

Milam, who played for Bears head coach Bruce Boudreau in Manchester from 2003-05, has 21 points in 31 games this season for Chicago.

In exchange, the Washington Capitals loaned defenseman Trevor Byrne to the Chicago Wolves.

Byrne has recorded one goal and 13 assists in 35 games for Hershey this season, and has 12 goals and 50 assists in 189 career AHL games with Hershey, Peoria and Worcester.


The Minnesota Wild acquired right wing Aaron Voros from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Voros has been assigned to the Houston Aeros.

Voros, 25, has played 192 games over the last three-plus seasons in the Devils organization, posting 38 goals and 40 assists for 78 points to go with 525 penalty minutes. This season, he has nine goals, eight assists and 111 PIM in 39 games with Lowell.