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Kris Russell | Defenseman | #4

Team: Edmonton Oilers
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 (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

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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

Kris Russell is moving past his rough showing on Tuesday.

Russell had a minus-four rating in a 5-2 loss to Minnesota. That dropped him to a neutral rating this season. "I think for myself, it’s watching video and seeing all the mistakes I made and getting better," Russell said. "We have to get better every day and every time we get on the ice. Obviously, (Tuesday) night wasn’t good, but (Wednesday) was a good work day and now we’re going to go into Nashville and we’re going to try to get two points."
Feb 2 - 11:10 AM

Kris Russell ranks third on the Oilers with an average of 21:40 minutes per game.

Russell has gotten in front of 130 shots, but he hasn't been an offensive asset. Through 44 games he has no goals and five assists. There's plenty of defensive defensemen in the league, but at this stage most of them have at least found the back of the net once. In fact, if you just look at blueliners that have no goals with at least 30 games played, Russell is just one of two logging 20-plus minutes with the other being Ottawa's Marc Methot. This is a big change for Russell, who had 34 points in 2014-15.
Jan 28 - 3:56 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have a much better record with Kris Russell in the lineup than without him.

The Oilers are 9-3-1 this season with a healthy Russell and 2-5 when he was out with a lower body injury. He has three assists in 13 games with a plus-six rating so you shouldn't be jumping to put him in your fantasy lineup.
Wed, Nov 23, 2016 10:33:00 AM

Kris Russell will return to the lineup Saturday against Dallas.

This will be the rugged defender's first game since Nov. 3rd. Russell has posted three points and 31 blocks over his first 11 games of the season.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 12:58:00 PM

Kris Russell practiced with the Oilers on Wednesday, and appears to be nearing his return.

Coach Todd McLellan noted that Saturday against Dallas could be Russell's return to action. He's posted three points and 31 blocks over his first 11 games of the season.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 09:21:00 PM

The news for Kris Russell's lower body injury has gotten worse.

The veteran defender is now considered "weeks away". Which will almost certainly keep him out through the month of November at the least. Russell has posted three points and 31 blocks over his first 11 games of the season.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 06:22:00 PM

Kris Russell will miss Sunday's match with the Red Wings with a lower body injury.

With three points and 31 blocks over his first 11 games, Russell provides an unconventional form of production. Hopefully for those counting on his ability to soak up rubber he'll return soon.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 03:35:00 PM

Kris Russell will miss Saturday's match with the Islanders with a lower body injury.

After picking up a trio of helpers in the first two games of the season, Russell hasn't seen the score sheet since. He does have 31 hits over 11 games however, so there's production to be had.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 04:07:00 PM

Kris Russell will be paired with Andrej Sekera on the Edmonton blueline.

Russell was an unrestricted free agent who finally signed late Friday night. He will wear number four which was Taylor Hall's number. The defenseman should see power play time on the second unit as well as being on the second defensive pairing. A 25-30 point season is in the cards for Russell should he remain healthy.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 07:37:00 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have signed defensemen Kris Russell to a one-year contract worth $3.1 million.

It's been a busy day for the Oilers, first trading Nail Yakupov to the Blues, and now adding a veteran presence to their lineup. Early reports indicate Russell will play on the third pairing, partnering Sekera and sending Mark Fayne to the press box. Russell does a bit of everything, he can play on the second powerplay unit and kill penalties effectively. This could shape into a nice low-risk signing for the Oilers.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 11:54:00 PM

Kris Russell will reportedly sign a one-year contract worth approximately $3.1 million with the Edmonton Oilers, per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Russell's situation has been interesting to monitor. He became a free agent on July 1st. On the first day of free agency, it was reported that he was going to sign a long-term deal with Toronto, but that never materialized. The Oilers shed $2.5 million in salary earlier this evening when they traded Nail Yakupov to St. Louis. But the cap isn't an issue for them, as they have over $11 million in cap space before the Russell signing. No official announcement has been made at this time.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 07:58:00 PM

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