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Ducks, Canadiens swap defensemen

The Montreal Canadiens, parent club of the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, have acquired defenseman Mark Mitera from the Anaheim Ducks, parent club of the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch, in exchange for defenseman Mathieu Carle.

Mitera, 23, was a first-round pick (19th overall) by Anaheim in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. In his first full AHL season, Mitera recorded six goals and 16 assists for 22 points in 71 games for Syracuse in 2010-11.

Mitera split his rookie season between the AHL and the ECHL in 2009-10, appearing in 32 AHL games for San Antonio and Abbotsford and recording three assists. He also played 13 Calder Cup Playoff games for the Heat that spring.

Mitera turned pro after four seasons at the University of Michigan, skating in five AHL games for Iowa at the end of the 2008-09 season.

Carle, 23, was a second-round draft pick (53rd overall) by Montreal in 2006. In 68 games with Hamilton last season, Carle notched 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points to go with a plus-19 rating. He also had 12 points in 19 postseason games as the Bulldogs advanced to the conference finals.

In four pro seasons, Carle has totaled 30 goals and 67 assists for 97 points in 222 AHL games for Hamilton, and he skated in three NHL games for the Canadiens in 2009-10.