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Lightning acquires Dufresne

The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired defenseman Donald Dufresne Friday to complete the deal that sent Rob Ramage to the Montreal Canadiens.

Dufresne, 26, played in 32 regular-season games with a goal and two assists. He appeared in two playoff games, including Game 5 of the finals when the Canadiens captured their 24th Stanley Cup.

Canadiens coach Jacques Demers put Dufresne in the lineup in Game 5 to qualify him to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup.

Montreal selected the Quebec City native 117th overall in the 1985 entry draft. He has split five seasons between the Canadiens and their American Hockey League affiliates, playing in 119 regular-season games and 28 playoff games.

In Montreal, Dufresne was the seventh defenseman behind Patrice Brisebois, Eric Desjardins, Lyle Odelein, Kevin Haller, Mathieu Schneider and J.J. Daigneault.

On March

20, the Lightning dealt Ramage to Montreal for defensemen Alain Cote, Eric Charron and future considerations, which turned out to be the 6-foot-1, 206-pound Dufresne.

"He's got good size," said Tony Esposito, the Lightning's director of hockey operations. "I wouldn't call him a heavy hitter, but he gets in the way and moves people. I watched him when Montreal played here. He played pretty well."


Sabres: Craig Ramsay, who spent 14 years on the ice and eight years in management for Buffalo, said he is leaving to coach for the expansion Florida Panthers. Ramsay, assistant to Sabres general manager Gerry Meehan, will be an assistant under Panthers coach Roger Neilson.

_ Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.