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Edmonton Oilers press release...
The Edmonton Oilers have signed free agent defenceman Kris Russell to a one-year contract. Russell will join the team immediately.
Russell, 29, is a veteran of nine NHL seasons with Columbus, St. Louis, Calgary and Dallas. He has accumulated 177 points (38G, 139A) in 573 games.
The 5’10”, 170-pound defenceman ranked second in the NHL in 2015-16 with 210 blocked shots, and led the league in the same category in 2014-15, blocking 283 shots. On March 6, 2015, he set an NHL record with 15 blocked shots in one game, against Boston.
He has averaged over 23 minutes of ice time per game in each of his past three seasons, setting a career high in 2014-15, ranking 21st in the NHL, averaging 23:56 of ice time per game.
From Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman:
NHL.com's Rob Vollman examines four free agent defensemen still available on the open market:
Now that most teams have settled on their top four defensemen this season, it's a good time to shore up depth at the position with experienced, cost-effective free agents.
Coming off an injury or a disappointing season, there are some overlooked veterans who can provide valuable depth at a discount and deserve one more chance to be part of a winning NHL organization.
Though the mainstream focus is on more prominent free agents like Kris Russell and Kyle Quincey, keep an eye on the following four veterans, each of whom have the proven ability to contribute, whether killing penalties, providing secondary scoring or helping to develop younger teammates.
In acquiring Russell, Nill paid a high price. The Stars gave up young defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka, high-scoring junior prospect Brett Pollock and a conditional second-round draft pick that could turn into a first if the Stars make the Western Conference finals and Russell dresses for half their playoff games.
Even though the Stars have plenty of young defensemen and a bevy of scoring forwards, the question has to be asked whether acquiring Russell was the best way to spend those assets.
-Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News where you can read more on the Kris Russell trade.
Also changed the headlint to reflect the trade.
added 2:33pm, Dallas release is below...
from Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald,
The 28-year-old defender has been the subject of trade speculation for weeks and, with the National Hockey League trade deadline on Monday, the rumours have been picking up steam.
According to TSN analyst Darren Dreger, the team apparently informed Russell that he is likely to be traded with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins as the front-runners.
The hard-working, shot-blocking blueliner has been dealing with a lower body (read: groin) injury and has missed the last six games. He skated in the morning on Thursday and was deemed good to go for Calgary’s game against the New York Islanders. But instead he was a last-minutes scratch for the 2-1 overtime loss.
Head coach Bob Hartley said it was the result of the nagging injury.
But the whole ordeal had local media wondering (and checking their phones).
“When we sat with him, right away we knew,” Hartley said. “Usually he doesn’t wants to talk about injuries … but just in the way he was answering our questions. I cut it short and said ‘You’re not playing.’ Just because I knew he wasn’t 100 per cent. There is no sense on putting him out there. It’s just a nagging injury that’s getting better.”
From the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch:
Which GMs have put up the ‘For Sale’ sign as the final hour approaches? We’re told lots have, but here’s the most active wheelers and dealers followed by the gossip that’s fit to print.
Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving: He wants badly to be active and is willing to accept he hasn’t got a playoff team this spring. Teams are calling about veteran forward Jiri Hudler, who is an unrestricted free agent, along with defenceman Kris Russell. There was talk the Flames were going to re-sign Russell but the word is the two sides aren’t close to a deal but he could fetch north of $5 million on the open market and Calgary may not pay that out. Some wonder if Treliving will be able to get a goalie at this deadline.
Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis: This is a bit of surprise given the fact his team is making a run for a playoff spot but apparently he can’t be deterred by that. The 'Canes are looking to move centre Eric Staal, who told reporters in Ottawa last week he “wouldn’t be crushed” if he got dealt. The list doesn’t stop there. Teams looking for help might want to call about defenceman Ron Hainsey along with forwards Kris Versteeg and Nathan Gerbe. Forward Jeff Skinner’s name has been out there all year but his contract makes him difficult to move.
Continued with many more rumors...
Among Sportsnet's Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman's Saturday Headlines:
- The John Scott trade to Montreal was legitimate in that Coyotes GM Don Maloney wanted Jared Tinordi badly and were afraid that the deal with the Canadiens would fall apart, so they didn't wait 3 weeks to make the deal, and Scott was the "only player who could go" back to Montreal in the trade;
- Cox states that the Canadiens got $200,000 in cap relief and a player in Nashville's Victor Bartley, who the Canadiens believe may actually contribute to their blueline;
- The NHL offered Scott the opportunity to go to the All-Star Game as a paid family vacation, but he's not responded, and Scott isn't sure whether he's going to bow out;
- Cox states that Pittsburgh and Anaheim made the Hagelin-for-Perron-and-Clendening deal at 3:15 AM Saturday morning, and Cox says that the Penguins are taking on 3 more years at $4 million for Hagelin, and Penguins GM Jim Rutherford still believes that his team will contend, while the Ducks' trade...makes people wonder if the Ducks are setting themselves up to trade for Jonathan Drouin;
- Friedman says that the Ducks' Simon Despres and Cam Fowler may generate trade interest, as will the balance of their blueline;
- Flames defenseman Kris Russell is generating interest, too, but the Flames still want to attempt to re-sign Russell;
- Eric Staal is "still in limbo," and his agent, Rick Curran, will try to clarify his client's situation;
- And Friedman says that the Kings still want to sign Milan Lucic to an extension if at all possible.
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from Jonathan Willis of Sportsnet,
He’s enjoyed the two best offensive seasons of his career in Southern Alberta, and he’s been employed not just as a depth piece but as a minute-munching mainstay on Calgary’s blue line.
Now he’s a pending unrestricted free agent, one the Flames may or may not be able to afford thanks to his newfound status.
From an analytics perspective, however, the question isn’t so much whether or not Calgary can afford him. It’s if the Flames should even want to keep him in the fold.
Despite his improved reputation Russell hasn’t actually changed so much from that player who cleared waivers so convincingly. He plays top-four minutes but on merit he’s not really a top-four NHL defenceman. That’s an unpleasant statement, but it’s one born from facts.
Russell plays in all situations for the Flames. He is a regular on both the power play and the penalty kill, but where he logs the most minutes is at five-on-five.
via Sportsnet YouTube channel,
The league leader in blocked shots takes on the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday, so, here are some of the best examples of him putting his body in the line of fire to help his team win hockey games.
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed defenceman Kris Russell to a two year contract.
Russell, a native of Red Deer, Alberta, has played 44 games this season with the Flames netting four goals and adding 16 assists for 20 points. The Flames acquired Russell from St. Louis this past off-season in exchange for Calgary’s 5th round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He has played 408 career NHL games scoring 27 goals and 88 assists for 115 points with Columbus, St. Louis and Calgary. Russell was originally drafted in the third round of the 2005 NHL Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Contract Terms: Two-year one-way contract with an Average Annual Value of $2,260,000 per season.
via Nick Kypreos tweet,
Confirmed #NHL trade tonite. #Bluejackets (Kris) Russell for #Blues prospect Nikita Nikitin
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
If the league’s got any desire of actually fixing these type of mistakes by referees and show them when they’ve blatantly erred, I’d hope referee Stephane Auger has an email waiting for him Saturday morning from Director of Officiating Terry Gregson with a video clip.
There is no way any rational league executive can look at the replay of Kris Russell’s tying goal and say that R.J. Umberger didn’t blatantly break Rule 69.1 (interference with a goaltender), which in part reads, “The overriding rationale of this rule is that a goalkeeper should have the ability to move freely within his goal crease without being
hindered by the actions of an attacking player. If an attacking player enters the goal crease and, by his actions, impairs the goalkeeper’s ability to defend his goal, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed.”
Auger blew it, plain and simple. Sometimes this rule is gray because the goalie will stray outside the blue paint. In this case, it is plain as day. Harding’s in the blue. Umberger backs into him BEFORE Russell’s shot gets there and Harding is impeded from making the save.
more and watch a video of the goal although the interference being suggested can only be seen at the end of the video…
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Kris Russell to a three-year contract extension, General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Russell, 22, has registered four goals and 28 assists for 32 points and 42 penalty minutes in 137 career games with the Blue Jackets. He notched 2-19-21 and 28 penalty minutes in 66 games with Columbus last season.
“Kris is an important player for us, not only in the present, but in the future,” said Howson. “We believe he has just scratched the surface of his potential.”
from the Columbus Dispatch,
Kris Russell, the Blue Jackets’ prized 20-year-old defenseman, has what they call “hockey sense.” What is this rare quality? It’s difficult to give a complete answer, but for those who possess the quality, the game seems logical.
“It’s amazing watching him,” Rick Nash said as he watched Russell from the press box in Nationwide Arena on Sunday night, when the Jackets played an exhibition against the Buffalo Sabres….
Russell is in his third Blue Jackets camp, trying to make the big club right out of juniors. He’s dealing with bigger, faster players coming at him at a speed he has rarely encountered. Most defensemen need years of seasoning before their decision-making processes, and their confidence, are up to NHL standards. Russell is an exception. He has a cool head. And he has been the Jackets’ best defenseman, bar none, to this point in training camp. They can’t cut him. He won’t be in Syracuse. Watch.