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Kris Russell | Defenseman | #2

Team: Dallas Stars
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/2/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 170
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 3 (67) / CLM
Contract: view contract details

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Kris Russell is playing the waiting game as an unrestricted free agent.
He is sitting tight while teams try to clear cash from their salary caps before he makes a decision on where to play. Russell is reportedly looking for a contract north of $4 million per season. Aug 4 - 12:20 PM

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Kris Russell is reportedly seeking a contract worth above $4 million per season.

The unrestricted free agent defender finished second in the NHL with 210 blocked shots in 2015-16. He also contributed 19 points and 70 shots during his time between Calgary and Dallas. Russell averaged 24:02 of ice time per contest as a member of the Stars.
Jul 29 - 9:05 AM

The Boston Bruins reportedly have some interest in Kris Russell.

The Bruins are looking for defensive help and their options on the free agent market are thinning out. Alternatively, Boston might attempt to upgrade their defense via a trade. Russell has already reportedly declined an offer from Toronto worth roughly $17 million over four years.
Jul 4 - 4:30 AM

Kris Russell's agent, Allain Roy, set the record straight by tweeting that his client never turned down an offer from the Maple Leafs.

Several media outlets reported that Russell had signed with the Leafs on July 1st. Other reports had him turning down an offer from Toronto. "Reports of Kris Russell turning down any offer from the Maple Leafs are false. Simply rumors," Roy tweeted on Sunday afternoon.
Jul 3 - 6:59 PM

Kris Russell is among the best defensemen still available on the free agent market.

Multiple reports suggest that he has several suitors, but the interesting aspect of this will be contract terms. Jason Demers was considered a top free agent defenseman, and he got five years, $22.5 million from the Panthers. Russell is respected for his shot blocking, but the 29-year-old doesn’t offer much else. Justin Schultz and James Wisniewski are also available.
Jul 2 - 7:47 PM

Kris Russell may be a target of the Edmonton Oilers in free agency.

Edmonton is looking for defensemen and they have expressed a strong interest in Milan Lucic. Russell spent the 2015-16 season with Calgary and Dallas. He will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Jun 28 - 3:43 PM

The Dallas Stars will not have to give the Calgary Flames a first round pick as part of the Kris Russell trade.

The package for Russell included a conditional second round pick that would have become a first rounder had Dallas won on Wednesday and advanced to the Western Conference Final. With the Stars' elimination, Russell has completed his two-year, $5.2 million contract.
May 12 - 4:34 PM

Kris Russell registered two assists and logged 17:06 of ice time in his return to the lineup on Wednesday night.

He produced both of his points on Dallas power plays. Russell wasn't able to play in Game 3 because of an illness.
Apr 21 - 8:59 AM

Kris Russell (illness) is a possibility to play on Wednesday night.

The Stars will skate seven defensemen and 13 forwards during the pregame warm-ups and then make a decision. Russell missed Game 3 with an illness, but it's likely that he will return.
Apr 20 - 1:58 PM

Kris Russell (illness) did manage to skate on Tuesday.

However, his status is still unclear. "We'll see, he hasn't been feeling better for awhile so it might take more than just tomorrow," coach Lindy Ruff said. "But he can be an option if all of the sudden he feels a lot better than he has been."
Apr 19 - 4:33 PM

Kris Russell (illness) may not be ready to play on Wednesday in Game 4.

He doesn't sound like he is back to 100 percent yet after he missed Monday's game because of an illness. Consider him day-to-day.
Apr 19 - 3:59 PM

Kris Russell is not expected to play Monday because of an illness.

Consider him day-to-day for now. Jordie Benn is slated to play in his place.
Apr 18 - 3:13 PM

Kris Russell (illness) didn't take part in the morning skate.

It's unclear right now if he will be able to play in Game 3 on Monday night. Jordie Benn skated on the third pairing with Jason Demers and could play if Russell is unable to dress.
Apr 18 - 12:58 PM

Kris Russell (foot) was back in the lineup on Thursday.

He posted a game-high four blocks in 23:23 of ice time. Russell sat out seven games with a foot injury.
Apr 8 - 8:00 AM

Kris Russell (foot) is a possibility to play on Thursday.

He skated on the fourth pairing on Wednesday, but coach Lindy Ruff said that's a "good chance" that Russell will be back against Colorado.
Apr 6 - 3:07 PM

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