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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 had an assist in a 4-1 win against the San Jose Sharks.
Russell has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last four games. He now has a goal and 20 points in 52 games this season. This is the second consecutive campaign that he's reached the 20-point mark. Feb 10 - 10:41 AM
Source: Calgary Sun

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Kris Russell scored his first goal of the season in a 3-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks.

It took Russell 50 games to find the back of the net and he now has 19 points this season. His value can be seen in certain non-traditional leagues as he has an impressive 164 blocked shots to go along with his plus-11 rating, but we don't expect him to improve much from an offensive perspective in the final months of the season.
Feb 5 - 9:03 AM

Kris Russell is expected to play against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night despite missing the morning skate with an illness.

Russell comes into the night's action as the league's top shot blocker with 150, which is 16 more than Buffalo's perennial absorber Josh Gorges. Russell has also contributed 17 assists, five on the power play, and averaged 23:17 of ice time through is 47 games played this season.
Jan 31 - 8:47 PM

Kris Russell added on to his impressive shot-blocking lead by blocking seven Dallas shots on Friday night.

He's been a valuable defenseman for many poolies with 13 assists, four on the power play, and now 102 blocks. No other defender has eclipsed even 90 yet, though Brooks Orpik is closest at 86.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 12:27:00 AM

Kris Russell added three assists in Calgary's 4-3 comeback win over Colorado on Thursday night.

Russell now has 13 points, all assists, to go along with four more blocks for 74 on the season. He's second in the league behind Michael Stone of Arizona who has 76.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 01:40:00 AM

Kris Russell (lower body) returned to action on Saturday.

Russell had an assist on Saturday, his ninth in 20 games as he returned from a two game absence. He is a four-five defenseman in deeper leagues so get him back in your lineup if you're playing that deep.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 02:35:00 AM

Kris Russell (lower body) will be a game time decision on Saturday.

Russell certainly wants back in after missing two games with the injury but the team will decide before the game if he is healthy enough to go. "The other night he told me, ‘If you want me to play, I’ll play,’ " Flames coach Bob Hartley said Friday. "That’s who he is. There’s no way that we would (allow him to suit up). We’re not going to take any chances." He has eight assists in 19 games with a plus-five rating. If Russell is unable to go, then Raphael Diaz will draw into the lineup.
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 07:41:00 AM

Kris Russell won't play Thursday against Chicago because of a lower-body injury.

He wasn't in the Flames' lineup for Tuesday's game versus Anaheim either. Russell is listed as day-to-day.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 01:36:00 PM

Kris Russell and David Jones were scratches on Tuesday night against the Ducks.

Russell was absent from practice due to a lower body injury, he's considered day to day for now. Meanwhile Jones is still recovering from an upper body injury he sustained against Ottawa.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 09:14:00 PM

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.
Source: Calgary Sun
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 05:43:00 AM

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
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 07:24:00 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.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 01:01:00 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.
Sat, Mar 22, 2014 09:29:00 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
Sun, Feb 9, 2014 04:18:00 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.
Sat, Feb 8, 2014 04:11:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Sean Monahan
2Mikael Backlund
3Matt Stajan
4Markus Granlund
5Paul Byron
LW1Johnny Gaudreau
2Mason Raymond
3Brandon Bollig
4Lance Bouma
5Emile Poirier
RW1Jiri Hudler
2Josh Jooris
3David Jones
4Joe Colborne
5Michael Ferland
D1Mark Giordano
2Dennis Wideman
3T.J. Brodie
4Kris Russell
5Ladislav Smid
6Raphael Diaz
7David Schlemko
8Deryk Engelland
9Corey Potter
G1Jonas Hiller
2Karri Ramo