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The Los Angeles Kings have acquired defenseman Doug Crossm

September 30, 1988

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) _ The Los Angeles Kings have acquired defenseman Doug Crossman from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Jay Wells, the NHL team announced Thursday.

Crossman, 28, is a seven-year NHL veteran who has spent the last five years with the Flyers. He had nine goals and 29 assists while playing in 76 games last season.

Crossman led all Philadelphia defensemen in scoring during the 1987 Stanley Cup playoffs with four goals and 18 assists in 26 games.

Wells, 29, has spent his entire nine-year NHL career with the Kings. He had two goals and 23 assists in 58 games last season, giving him career totals of 34 goals and 143 assists in 604 games.

″Jay is in the option year of his contract and we were still too far apart to come to an agreement,″ Kings general manager Rogie Vachon said. ″In Doug Crossman, we feel we are acquiring a solid, proven NHL defenseman who can enhance our team and give us a stronger position in our division and the league.″

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