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Kris Russell | Defenseman | #4

Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/2/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 170
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 3 (67) / CLM
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The Edmonton Oilers and Kris Russell have agreed to a four-year, $16 million contract extension.
That follows a report Thursday night that Russell and the Oilers were close to inking a trade that was for exactly that length and financial term. The report also suggested that he'd get a full no-movement clause, so we'll see if that part proves to be accurate as well. Russell's deal is a bit of a controversial one as he looks pretty bad from a Corsi/Fenwick perspective and hasn't brought much to the table offensively over the last two seasons. He does block a lot of shots though and averaged 21:13 minutes per game with Edmonton in 2016-17. Jun 23 - 2:05 PM

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The Edmonton Oilers are reportedly close to re-signing Kris Russell to a four-year, $16 million contract extension.

Russell's contract would also come with a full no-movement clause. Russell was limited to a goal and 13 points in 68 games in 2016-17, but he did average 21:13 minutes per game. From an advanced statistics perspective he also leaves something to be desired as his teams tend to do better in terms of Corsi and Fenwick when he's off the ice rather than on it. On the plus side, he does usually block over 200 shots per season, including 213 in 2016-17. His expiring contract was a one-year, $3.1 million deal.
Jun 22 - 11:50 PM

Vegas GM George McPhee has contacted Kris Russell's agent.

"We've had preliminary talks. I'm waiting to hear back (Tuesday)," agent Allain Roy said. "They did get back to me but it was on another guy (client on another NHL team). There's a lot of guys (in play with Vegas)." Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli wants to get Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl signed first, but there have been preliminary talks with Russell.
Jun 21 - 10:08 AM

Kris Russell's agent spoke briefly with the Oilers on Tuesday.

Russell is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July and the two sides have started contract negotiations. He skated in 68 games with Edmonton in 2016-17 and led the league with 213 blocked shots.
Jun 7 - 6:16 PM

Kris Russell would love to re-sign with the Edmonton Oilers.

Russell, who is a native of Alberta and a pending UFA, had a great season with Edmonton as a defensive minded blueliner, alongside Andrej Sekera. He inked a one-year deal with the Oilers in the off-season and both sides were more than satisfied with the results. "They showed faith in me by going out and signing me," Russell said Friday. "I love playing here. It’s a first class organization. They treat you very well. The group inside is great. I think this team obviously has a bright future. I wish we were still playing, but I think this team grew a lot." Stay tuned.
May 15 - 8:43 AM

Kris Russell chipped in two assists in the Oilers' 6-3 loss to Anaheim in Game 3 on Sunday evening.

Russell had just 13 points during the regular season and no points through the first eight playoff game. The defensive-minded veteran came through with two clutch assists though in what ultimately became a 6-3 loss. Russell has 18 points in 45 career playoff games.
Apr 30 - 10:23 PM

Kris Russell will return to Edmonton's blue line on Friday against Pittsburgh after missing the past two games with an upper body injury.

Russell will pair on the right side with Andrej Sekera to create the Oilers' second defensive unit. Through 52 games this season Russell has posted a goal and seven points along with 56 hits and 152 blocks.
Mar 10 - 6:45 PM

Kris Russell will be a healthy scratch in Tuesday's game against the New York Islanders.

Russell averages over 21 minutes a game, but he's now been scratched in back-to-back games. He has one goal and five assists in 52 games this season. Anton Slepyshev and Iiro Pakarinen will also watch from the press box.
Source: NHL.com
Mar 7 - 8:54 PM

Kris Russell did not play on Saturday.

There was no word from the Oilers as to whether or not Russell was a healthy scratch or was suffering from an injury. Stay tuned as the defenseman has only a goal and six points in 52 games this season.
Mar 5 - 7:09 AM

Kris Russell scored his first goal of the season in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers.

Russell picked the perfect time to score his first goal of the season, as he was able to break the 3-3 tie with less than eight minutes remaining in regulation. He finished the game with one shot on goal and a plus-2 rating in 19:55 of ice time. Russell has seven points in 49 games this season. Oscar Klefbom, Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored for Edmonton.
Feb 22 - 10:41 PM

Kris Russell will get back in the lineup on Tuesday night.

He has been absent for the last five games due to injury. With Russell's return, Eric Gryba will be scratched against Tampa Bay.
Feb 21 - 2:10 PM

Kris Russell (undisclosed) is traveling with the team during their six-game road trip.

He's expected to rejoin the team at some point as they finish the month on the road, but he won't play Saturday against Chicago. Russell hasn't played since Feb. 3rd. He has five helpers with 51 hits and 143 blocks in 47 games this season.
Feb 18 - 5:20 PM

Kris Russell (undisclosed) didn't join Edmonton for Friday's practice.

With that in mind, Russell should be regarded as doubtful for Saturday's game. He last played on Feb. 3.
Feb 11 - 5:57 AM

Kris Russell won't play Sunday in Montreal due to an undisclosed injury.

The defensive-oriented defender has posted five assists along with 51 hits and 143 blocks in 47 games this season. Russell is considered day-to-day for now.
Feb 5 - 12:17 PM

Defenseman Kris Russell is questionable Sunday as he has an undisclosed injury.

Russell left Friday's game in the third period and did not return. The Oilers placed Matt Benning on the injured reserve list due to an injury Friday and recalled two defensemen, Griffin Reinhart and Jordan Osterle in case Russell is unable to go.
Feb 5 - 8:14 AM

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All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Connor McDavid
2Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
3Drake Caggiula
4Mark Letestu
LW1Milan Lucic
2Patrick Maroon
3Jussi Jokinen
4Anton Slepyshev
5Jujhar Khaira
RW1Leon Draisaitl
2Ryan Strome
3Jesse Puljujarvi
4Zack Kassian
5Iiro Pakarinen
6Ty Rattie
D1Andrej Sekera
2Oscar Klefbom
3Adam Larsson
4Kris Russell
5Darnell Nurse
6Matthew Benning
7Eric Gryba
8Yohann Auvitu
9Mark Fayne
G1Cam Talbot
2Laurent Brossoit