Russell to play on Oilers’ second pair with Andrej Sekera.
Following the trade of Nail Yakupov, the Oilers signed Russell to a one-year, $3.1 million deal and he will solidify their second pairing with Sekera. Both are left-handed shots, but both are equally capable of playing the right-side, however Russell will start there. If used in the right capacity, Russell can be a solid second-pair defenseman, but his ugly possession numbers speak for themselves. His signing likely push righty Mark Fayne to the press box.
The Oilers have signed Kris Russell to a one-year deal worth $3.1 million.
Russell, 29, spent the last two and a half years with the Flames, before being dealt to the Stars at last year’s deadline. Russell finished the year with four goals and 15 assists (19 points) in 62 games. Russell’s possession numbers are awful and that has led to him leading the league in blocked shots (751—3.1 per game) over the last four seasons. He should help bolster the Oilers’ blueline if he is used properly.
Russell (foot) will not play on Tuesday or Thursday.
Russell has missed the last three games and will miss at least the next two contests with a foot injury. The Stars will let Russell heal for a bit longer, since they are locked into the playoff picture.
The Stars have acquired Kris Russell from the Flames for Jyrki Jokipakka, Brett Pollock and a conditional second round pick.
Russell was 15 points (4G / 11A) in 51 games with the Flames this season. The pending unrestricted free agent is known for his fearlessness to block shots, where he currently ranks second in the NHL with 174. He will likely slide in as a second-pairing guy in Dallas, which will bump Johnny Oduya to the third pair.