Edmonton Oilers sign Kris Russell for one-year extension

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This morning we learned through our friends at PuckPedia that the Edmonton Oilers are working on extending Kris Russell with a new contract and now we know that is a one year deal from worth $ 1.25 million.

At the start of the final year of his four-year contract, many expected Kris Russell to be traded this offseason as a way to lose his paycheck and offer someone else an opportunity, making this contract extension a divisive move among the fan base. Since signing up as Oiler at the start of the 2016-17 season, the 33-year-old Caroline, Alta. Native has been a bit of a lightning rod here as fans based on the analysis note his lackluster possession figures while the ‘eyeball’ side often praises him for his team mentality and willingness to sacrifice his body in the name of defense. So, who is right? Both are, to be honest. But in a world of salary caps, disputes over a player’s worth are inevitable, and I think a lot of Russell’s critics probably wouldn’t have bothered the player so much if he hadn’t been grossly overpaid by the previous regime.

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While the merits of this extension are certainly up for debate, it is interesting to see an agreement on an extension at this price. Despite what you think of Russell as a player or the decision to extend his stay in Edmonton, it’s also important to note how his last contract had a modified no-trade clause when this new extension doesn’t, this which means the Oilers will be able to expose it in the Seattle expansion plan without protection. And given that the team will also be without Oscar Klefbom for the foreseeable future while also needing to expose a number of NHL veterans to expansion, this signing may be Holland’s way to protect a player whom he values ​​more while retaining a veteran who can play now and contribute. Regardless of how today’s movement moves with next year’s expansion plan or even the season ahead, this is one expansion that’s sure to set the section on fire. comments from fans who like and dislike Russell.

In 55 games played for Edmonton during the 2019-20 season, Kris Russell had nine assists for nine points in total, with a score equal +/-, a 43.2 CF% and a 43.5 oZS% with a average of 16:47 TOI. In 273 total games played with the Oilers, Russell has amassed eight goals and 51 assists for 59 points, with a +3 score, 72 PIM, 722 blocked shots and 7:30 PM on average YOU.

RUSSELL’S NHL CAREER SO FAR AWAY

Season Team League GP g A Pts PIM +/- PGP g A Pts PIM
2007-08 Columbus blue jackets NHL 67 2 8 dix 14 -12
2008-09 Columbus blue jackets NHL 66 2 19 21 28 -dix 4 1 1 2 2
2008-09 Syracuse Crunch AHL 14 3 5 8 -3
2009-10 Columbus blue jackets NHL 70 7 15 22 32 3
2010-11 Columbus blue jackets NHL 73 5 18 23 37 -9
2011-12 Columbus blue jackets NHL 12 2 1 3 13 -1
2011-12 St. Louis Blues NHL 43 4 5 9 12 13 9 3 3 5
2012-13 TPS Turku Ligue SM 15 2 12 14 8 -1
2012-13 St. Louis Blues NHL 33 1 6 7 9 6
2013-14 Flames de Calgary NHL 68 7 22 29 15 -11
2014-15 Flames de Calgary NHL 79 4 30 34 17 18 11 2 5 7 7
2015-16 Flames de Calgary NHL 51 4 11 15 8 -4
2015-16 Stars de Dallas NHL 11 4 4 2 -1 12 4 4 4
2016-17 Oilers d’Edmonton NHL 68 1 12 13 23 5 13 4 4 4
2017-18 Oilers d’Edmonton NHL 78 4 17 21 8 -7
2018-19 Oilers d’Edmonton NHL 72 3 13 16 27 5
2019-20 Oilers d’Edmonton NHL 55 9 9 14 4 2



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