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Dallas Stars Obtain Kris Russell

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FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Kris Russell from the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka, forward Brett Pollock and a conditional second round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Russell, 28, has posted 15 points (4-11=15) in 51 games played this season. He currently is second in the NHL with 174 blocked shots on the season and he averages 1:50 of shorthanded ice per game, which is fourth-most on Calgary. In 2014-15, he posted career highs in assists and points (4-30=34) in 79 games played. His 283 blocked shots led the League, as he had 74 more than the next closest player.

The nine-year veteran has appeared in 562 career regular season games with Columbus, St. Louis and Calgary, registering 173 career points (38-135=173). He has also appeared in 24 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, accumulating 12 points (3-9=12) and 77 blocked shots. His 54 blocked shots last postseason were fourth in the NHL in just 11 games played.

"Kris is ultra-competitive and a solid two-way defensemen," said Nill. "He will bring a steadying presence to our blueline and we feel he will help us improve in several areas."

Internationally, Russell has represented Canada four times, twice at the World Championships (2010, 2012) and twice at the World Junior Championships (2006, 2007).

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound native of Caroline, Alberta was originally selected by Columbus in the third round (67th overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft.

Jokipakka, 24, has six points (2-4=6) in 40 games played for Dallas this season. In two seasons with the Stars, he has produced 16 points (2-14=16) in 91 career games.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound native of Tampere, Finland was originally selected by Dallas in the seventh round (195th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

Pollock, 19, leads Edmonton of the Western Hockey League (WHL) with 67 points (25-42=67) in 63 games played this season.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound native of Sherwood Park, Alberta was originally selected by Dallas in the second round (45th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.

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Paul's avatar

LeBrun tweet,

Condition on the pick: If the Stars reach conference finals and Russell plays 50% of the games in the first two rounds, pick turns to a 1st

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/29/16 at 02:56 PM ET

nEgativezEro's avatar


Wow… Nill got FLEECED. I mean Russell’s shot-blocking prowess will probably come in handy for Dallas, but holy crap what an overpayment for an abjectly bad defenseman.

Posted by nEgativezEro on 02/29/16 at 03:04 PM ET


He’s exactly what the Stars can use, someone a bit more abrasive in the back end.  Even if they have to give up a 1st, so what?  It’s very low first

Posted by bababooey on 02/29/16 at 03:15 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

good d-man playing on a bad team

Posted by ilovehomers on 02/29/16 at 03:56 PM ET

nEgativezEro's avatar

He’s a terrible defenseman playing on a bad team. Mark Giordano is a good d-man playing on a bad team. TJ Brodie. Dougie Hamilton.

Kris Russell’s top-3 pairings:

Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Wideman
TJ Brodie

Hamilton: 558 minutes together at 5v5
CF% with Russell: 45.0
CF& w/o Russell: 52.9

Wideman (who is also not very good): 214 minutes at 5v5
CF% with Russell: 42.9
CF& w/o Russell: 45.8

Brodie: 113 minutes at 5v5
CF% with Russell: 41.8
CF& w/o Russell: 51.0

Dude is a possession nightmare. Makes everyone he plays with so much worse. Putting him on a Dallas team that gives up a lot of goals to begin with is a scary scenario if you’re a Stars fan.

Posted by nEgativezEro on 02/29/16 at 04:09 PM ET

Ajax19's avatar

Well, I think we’ve found the President, or at the very least the treasurer, of the “We Hate Kris Russel Club”.

Posted by Ajax19 on 02/29/16 at 05:17 PM ET

nEgativezEro's avatar

I really have no feelings one way or another about him. I just think it’s insanity so many people believe he’s good. Calgary really did some amazing PR work convincing people of that.

Posted by nEgativezEro on 02/29/16 at 05:28 PM ET

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