the #LetsGoOilers the extension with Kris Russell is for $ 1.25 million in salary. The extension does not include any commercial protection.https: //t.co/OGeMCl5Pro https://t.co/9pPtvsW1qO
– PuckPedia (@PuckPedia) October 21, 2020
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.
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.
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