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Kris Russell | Defenseman

Team: Calgary Flames
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/2/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 173
Contract: view contract details

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Kris Russell is a top four defenseman this season after being an afterthought heading into training camp last season.
Russell came into last season as a blueliner just trying to make the Flames but he impressed enough that he averaged 23:08 minutes of ice time in 68 games. "I would say they have confidence in me," Russell said. "At this level, you’ve got to consistently play hard and get better every year. It doesn’t matter who you are, if you’re not helping the team and not an effective player, you’re not going to play. I want to keep working hard and keep getting better. I wanted to come in and not be that guy that just had a good season last year and floats into camp the next year. I was working hard all summer and wanted to set an example." Russell had 29 points in 2013-14 and should get around the same in 2014-15. Draft him accordingly. Oct 11 - 5:43 AM
Source: Calgary Sun

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Kris Russell's performance in the preseason has impressed Flames GM Brad Treliving.

Russell should start the season as one of the team's top-four defensemen. He had 29 points and logged 23:08 minutes per game in 68 contests last season.
Source: Calgary Sun
Oct 1 - 7:24 AM

Kris Russell is a vital piece to Calgary's defense, but it still seems odd he played 27:05 in Friday night's preseason game.

He even saw more ice time than starting goalie Karri Ramo (20:00). Be that as it may, Russell appears poised to log more heavy minutes in all situations this season as he saw 5:26 on the powerplay and 6:01 on the kill against Vancouver.
Sep 27 - 1:01 AM

Kris Russell had a goal and two assists in Calgary's 6-5 win over Nashville.

Russell has five goals and a career-high 26 points in 56 games this season. He inked a two-year, $5.2 million extension with Calgary back in February.
Mar 22 - 9:29 AM

The two-year contract extension signed by Kris Russell on Saturday is worth a total of $5.2 million.

The defenseman was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. He has 20 points and 123 blocked shots in 45 games this season as he is having a breakout campaign after being traded from the Blues in the off-season for a fifth round pick.
Source: Calgary Sun
Feb 9 - 4:18 AM

Kris Russell has inked a two-year contract extension with the Calgary Flames.

Financial terms haven't been announced yet. Russell is making $1.5 million this season and he was slated to be an unrestricted free agent in the summer. He has 20 points and 123 blocks in 44 games.
Feb 8 - 4:11 PM

Kris Russell and the Calgary Flames have made progress in their contract negotiations.

Russell has been a pleasant surprise this season with four goals and 19 points in 42 games while logging 23:37 minutes per contest. He's earning $1.5 million in 2013-14.
Feb 6 - 8:38 AM

Kris Russell (upper body) will rejoin the Flames on Tuesday.

Russell was a late scratch for Saturday's game. He has four goals and 19 points in 41 contests in 2013-14.
Feb 4 - 12:47 PM

Kris Russell (upper body) will probably return to action on Tuesday.

"I didn't talk to Kris yet but he did all practice, he was shooting well, he was doing everything good," coach Bob Hartley said. "I'm going to look for my medical staff later on and probably [Tuesday] morning we're going to make a final decision. Since he did all the contact drills and everything, he felt great, he was skating good, I'm hoping that he's in the lineup [Tuesday]." He missed Saturday's match due to an upper-body injury.
Feb 3 - 5:31 PM

Kris Russell was a late scratch on Saturday as he suffered an upper body injury in practice Friday.

The defenseman has four goals and 19 points with a minus-one rating in 42 games. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Feb 2 - 3:37 AM

Kris Russell is reportedly close to inking a contract extension with the Calgary Flames.

Russell is on a one-year, $1.5 million contract. He has four goals and 17 points in 37 games in 2013-14.
Jan 22 - 9:31 AM

Kris Russell (knee) will dress Monday night at San Jose.

He has been out of action for 13 straight games with a second-degree MCL sprain. He has 16 points and 105 blocked shots in 36 matches this campaign.
Jan 20 - 4:50 PM

Kris Russell (knee sprain) has been given the green light to fully participate in Flames' practices.

Russell is expected to miss at least another two or three games before he returns. He has four goals and 12 assists in 36 games in 2013-14.
Jan 17 - 5:43 PM

Kris Russell (knee sprain) has skated on his own for the last two games.

Russell suffered the sprain a couple of weeks ago and is slated to return in late January or early February. The defenseman has four goals and 16 points in 36 games this season so keep him reserved for now in deeper leagues.
Source: Calgary Sun
Jan 6 - 5:14 AM

Kris Russell has been diagnosed with a second degree MCL sprain.

Russell will likely miss four-to-six weeks as a result. He has four goals and 16 points in 36 contests in 2013-14.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 06:22:00 PM

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5Sam Bennett
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5Johnny Gaudreau
RW1Jiri Hudler
2Joe Colborne
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4Brian McGrattan
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D1Mark Giordano
2Dennis Wideman
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5Ladislav Smid
6Raphael Diaz
7Deryk Engelland
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G1Jonas Hiller
2Karri Ramo