The Boston Bruins acquired center Dimitri Khristich, 28, who scored 19 goals and 37 assists last season, and goaltender Byron Dafoe from the Los Angeles Kings in a four-player trade that involves both teams’ top scorers from last season.
The Kings received center Jozef Stumpel, right wing Sandy Moger and a 1998 fourth-round draft pick. Stumpel had 21 goals and 55 assists last season.
The Ottawa Senators signed defenseman Chris Phillips to a three-year contract, ending more than a year of negotiations with the top pick in the 1996 NHL draft. Phillips, 19, agreed to a pact worth $875,000 a season, the maximum allowed under NHL rules for players drafted in 1996. The pact includes incentive bonuses that could push it over $1 million annually.
Mario Tremblay, former coach of the Montreal Canadiens, will remain with the team as a scout.
Tremblay will join another former coach - Jacques Demers - in scouting professional leagues.
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