|Assets:||Plays with a lot of confidence with the puck. Quite gritty for a player his size, he owns plenty of offensive acumen and moves the puck up ice with aplomb. Has great wheels.|
|Flaws:||A lack of size and strength hinders his ability to defend bigger forwards at the NHL level. Is also prone to mental lapses. He lacks consistency in the offensive zone.|
|Career Potential:||Mobile, yet undersized puck-moving defenseman.|
|Canadian Major Junior||Defenseman of the Year||2006-07|
|Canadian Major Junior||Sportsmanlike Player of the Year||2005-06|
|WHL||Bill Hunter Trophy||2006-07, 2005-06|
|WHL||Brad Hornung Trophy||2005-06, 2004-05|
|WHL||East First All-Star Team||2006-07, 2005-06|
|WHL||East Second All-Star Team||2004-05|
|11/22/2014||Missed 2 games (lower body injury).|
|11/18/2014||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|2/08/2014||Signed by the Calgary Flames to a two-year contract extension.|
|2/04/2014||Missed 1 game (upper body injury).|
|2/01/2014||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|1/20/2014||Missed 13 games (sprained mcl).|
|12/29/2013||Sprained MCL, injured reserve.|
|12/23/2013||Sprained MCL, sidelined indefinitely.|
|7/05/2013||Acquired from the St. Louis Blues.|
|7/05/2013||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Calgary Flames to a one-year contract.|
|7/02/2013||St. Louis Blues tendered a qualifying offer.|
|7/02/2013||Placed on waivers by the St. Louis Blues.|
|9/26/2012||Signed with TPS Turku (Finland).|
|3/25/2012||Missed 14 games (concussion).|
|2/25/2012||Concussion, sidelined indefinitely.|
|2/12/2012||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|1/19/2012||Missed 9 games (groin).|
|12/30/2011||Groin, injured reserve.|
|11/12/2011||Missed 1 game (undisclosed).|
|11/10/2011||Acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets.|
|4/10/2011||Missed the last 2 regular season games (fractured left tibia).|
|4/08/2011||Fractured left tibia, remainder of the regular season.|
|10/28/2010||Missed 4 games (lower body injury).|
|10/20/2010||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|10/09/2010||Missed 1 game (knee injury).|
|9/23/2010||Knee injury, day-to-day.|
|4/07/2010||Missed 2 games (left arm injury).|
|4/02/2010||Left arm injury, day-to-day.|
|1/14/2010||Missed 2 games (lower body injury).|
|1/10/2010||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|11/13/2009||Missed 2 games (illness).|
|10/17/2009||Signed by the Columbus Blue Jackets to a three-year contract extension.|
|11/27/2008||Recalled from Syracuse (AHL).|
|10/26/2008||Assigned to Syracuse (AHL).|
|3/30/2008||Missed 5 games (groin).|
|9/29/2006||Returned to his junior team (Medicine Hat-WHL).|
|7/01/2006||Signed by the Columbus Blue Jackets.|
|9/18/2005||Returned to his junior team (Medicine Hat-WHL).|
|7/05/2013||St. Louis Blues traded Kris Russell to the Calgary Flames for a 5th round selection in 2014.|
|11/11/2011||Columbus Blue Jackets traded Kris Russell to the St. Louis Blues for Nikita Nikitin.|
|7/30/2005||Drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 3rd round (67th overall) in 2005.|
Kris Russell has a three-point night | 03/22/2014 9:29 AM
NewsKris Russell had a goal and two assists in Calgary's 6-5 win over Nashville.
ImpactRussell 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.
Kris Russell's deal worth $5.2 million | 02/09/2014 4:18 AM
NewsThe two-year contract extension signed by Kris Russell on Saturday is worth a total of $5.2 million.
ImpactThe 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.
Flames ink Kris Russell to 2-year extension | 02/08/2014 4:11 PM
NewsKris Russell has inked a two-year contract extension with the Calgary Flames.
ImpactFinancial 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.
Russell, Flames making progress towards deal | 02/06/2014 8:38 AM
NewsKris Russell and the Calgary Flames have made progress in their contract negotiations.
ImpactRussell has been a pleasant surprise this season with four goals and 19 points in 42 games while logging 23:37 minutes per contest. He's earning $1.5 million in 2013-14.
K. Russell (upper body) will be back Tuesday | 02/04/2014 12:47 PM
NewsKris Russell (upper body) will rejoin the Flames on Tuesday.
ImpactRussell was a late scratch for Saturday's game. He has four goals and 19 points in 41 contests in 2013-14.
Kris Russell could return from UBI Tuesday | 02/03/2014 5:31 PM
NewsKris Russell (upper body) will probably return to action on Tuesday.
Impact"I didn't talk to Kris yet but he did all practice, he was shooting well, he was doing everything good," coach Bob Hartley said. "I'm going to look for my medical staff later on and probably [Tuesday] morning we're going to make a final decision. Since he did all the contact drills and everything, he felt great, he was skating good, I'm hoping that he's in the lineup [Tuesday]." He missed Saturday's match due to an upper-body injury.
Kris Russell sits out Saturday with UBI | 02/02/2014 3:37 AM
NewsKris Russell was a late scratch on Saturday as he suffered an upper body injury in practice Friday.
ImpactThe defenseman has four goals and 19 points with a minus-one rating in 42 games. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Report: Flames close to re-signing Russell | 01/22/2014 9:31 AM
NewsKris Russell is reportedly close to inking a contract extension with the Calgary Flames.
ImpactRussell is on a one-year, $1.5 million contract. He has four goals and 17 points in 37 games in 2013-14.
Kris Russell to return Mon. from knee injury | 01/20/2014 4:50 PM
NewsKris Russell (knee) will dress Monday night at San Jose.
ImpactHe has been out of action for 13 straight games with a second-degree MCL sprain. He has 16 points and 105 blocked shots in 36 matches this campaign.
Kris Russell ready to take part in practices | 01/17/2014 5:43 PM
NewsKris Russell (knee sprain) has been given the green light to fully participate in Flames' practices.
ImpactRussell is expected to miss at least another two or three games before he returns. He has four goals and 12 assists in 36 games in 2013-14.
Kris Russell skating on his own | 01/06/2014 5:14 AM
NewsKris Russell (knee sprain) has skated on his own for the last two games.
ImpactRussell suffered the sprain a couple of weeks ago and is slated to return in late January or early February. The defenseman has four goals and 16 points in 36 games this season so keep him reserved for now in deeper leagues.
Calgary without Kris Russell for 4-6 weeks | 12/23/2013 6:22 PM
NewsKris Russell has been diagnosed with a second degree MCL sprain.
ImpactRussell will likely miss four-to-six weeks as a result. He has four goals and 16 points in 36 contests in 2013-14.
Kris Russell (lower body) won't return Sat | 12/21/2013 3:46 PM
NewsCalgary Flames defenseman Kris Russell suffered a lower-body injury and didn't return to Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Calgary Flames on Twitter
ImpactNo word yet on how serious the injury is. Russell is a nice producer with 18 points in 35 games played. He's especially useful in leagues with blocked shots, as he had 102 carried into Saturday.
Kris Russell 2nd in the NHL in blocked shots | 12/09/2013 5:28 AM
NewsKris Russell is second in the NHL in blocked shots with 85.
ImpactRussell leads the Flames as Calgary is tops in the league in blocked shots with 544. When you add this stat to the fact he is finally showing the offensive flair scouts saw when he was a junior, then his fantasy value soars if your pool uses the blocked shot stat. He has four goals and 14 points in 28 games.
Russell scores in loss | 12/07/2013 1:56 AM
NewsKris Russell scored a goal in Calgary's 3-2 loss to Colorado Friday evening.
ImpactRussell now has a four goals and 10 assists in 28 games this season. Matt Stajan scored the other goal for the Flames in the loss.
Russell has four points in last five games | 11/21/2013 9:04 AM
NewsKris Russell has recorded a point in four of his last five games.
ImpactRussell now has three goals and 12 points in 22 contests in 2013-14. We don't expect him to maintain his current pace, but he should surpass his career-high of 23 points.
Russell scores in loss | 11/13/2013 3:51 AM
NewsKris Russell scored a goal in Calgary's 3-2 OT loss to San Jose Tuesday night at Scotiabank Saddledome.
ImpactRussell now has three goals and six assists in 18 games. He is getting lot of power play time but that will all change when Mark Giordano recovers from his injury. Mike Cammalleri scored the other goal for the Flames.
Kris Russell scores game-winning goal Sunday | 11/04/2013 8:45 AM
NewsKris Russell netted the game-winning goal in Calgary's 3-2 victory against Chicago on Sunday.
ImpactRussell is currently riding a four-game point streak. He has two goals and three assists in that span, giving him eight points in 14 games this season.
Kris Russell picks up two points Saturday | 10/27/2013 6:40 AM
NewsKris Russell scored once and added an assist in the Flames 5-2 win over Washington Saturday.
ImpactIt was Russell's first goal of the season and he now has five points in 11 games. The Flames acquired him from St. Louis on July 5 for a fifth round pick in the 2014 Draft. He is worth taking off the waiver wire in deep leagues as he has some offensive flair.
Kris Russell dealt to the Calgary Flames | 07/05/2013 1:20 PM
NewsDefenseman Kris Russell has been traded to the Calgary Flames for a fifth round pick in the 2014 Draft.
Calgary Flames on Twitter
ImpactRussell quickly signed a one-year/$1.5 million deal with the Flames. Russell was a highly regarded offensive defenseman when he was with the Blue Jackets organization a few years ago but has struggled in the NHL the last couple of seasons with only 12 and seven points respectively. We cannot recommend Russell in fantasy pools at this time.
Kris Russell clears waivers, still with Blues | 07/03/2013 12:46 PM
NewsKris Russell cleared waivers Wednesday and remains a member of the St. Louis Blues.
Jeremy Rutherford on Twitter
ImpactThe Blues had hoped someone would take Russell off their hands considering how little he played at the end of the year. It's unclear what the next step is for both parties, but the only certainty is Russell remains under contract with St. Louis.
Blues place Kris Russell on regular waivers | 07/02/2013 12:47 PM
NewsSt. Louis Blues place Kris Russell on regular waivers.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
ImpactThis isn't the unconditional $100 waivers that will facilitate a buyout and simply means the Blues are parting ways with the defenseman. Russell barely played down the stretch and finished with seven points in 33 games.
Kris Russell will fill in Jackman on Thursday | 04/25/2013 2:45 PM
NewsKris Russell will dress Thursday night in the place of injured defenseman Barret Jackman.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
ImpactHe has played only one of the Blues' last 12 games when he skated as a forward in Detroit on April 7. Russell has five points and a plus-4 rating in 31 games this season.
Kris Russell likely to be in lineup Sunday | 04/21/2013 8:22 AM
NewsDefenseman Kris Russell is likely to be re-inserted to the Blues lineup for Sunday's game against Colorado.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
ImpactRussell has suited up only once, as a forward, in the 10 games since the Blues acquired Jordan Leopold and Jay Bouwmeester to bolster their back end. It's not clear who will get the night off to make room for Russell, but it's not likely to be someone you are counting on in your fantasy league.
Kris Russell plays forward Sunday | 04/08/2013 10:55 AM
NewsKris Russell played forward on Sunday.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
ImpactRussell is normally a defenseman but he was moved up front when Andy McDonald could not play due to the flu. "A little overwhelming, but it was all right," Russell who saw fourth line duty, said. "I was just trying to keep it simple, more worried about the defensive side of the puck. 'Revo' and 'Cracks' talked to me a lot, so that helped." Russell played with Ryan Reaves and Adam Cracknell Sunday and will likely return to the blueline in time for Tuesday's game.
Kris Russell hot of late for the Blues | 03/26/2013 11:44 AM
NewsKris Russell has five points and a plus-seven rating in his last 15 games.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
ImpactIt looks like Russell is starting to come into his own like the Columbus Blue Jackets thought when they drafted him in the third round of the 2005 Draft. He never could get it together in Columbus and was finally dealt to St. Louis on Nov. 11, 2011 for Nikita Nikitin. He had no points and a minus-two rating in his first 12 games this season but his recent play makes him fantasy-worthy in deeper pools.
Kris Russell will replace Redden Wednesday | 02/20/2013 6:30 PM
NewsKris Russell will get back into the lineup Wednesday versus Colorado.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
ImpactHe will replace veteran Wade Redden on the back end. Coach Ken Hitchcock has given Redden some nights off before, so the move isn't surprising. Russell has no points in 12 games this campaign.
Kris Russell will sit Saturday, Cole to play | 02/09/2013 7:16 PM
NewsKris Russell will be a healthy scratch for the Blues on Saturday.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
ImpactHe has had a rough opening 10 games, with no points and a minus-2 rating. Ian Cole will draw back into the lineup in his place.
|Goals||1||vs. SJ||Feb 4||1|
|Assists||3||vs. Col||Dec 4||2|
|Points||3||vs. Col||Dec 4||3|
|Penalty Minutes||5||at Ana||Nov 25||5|
|Plus/Minus||3||3 times-last:vs. Ari||last:Nov 13||5|
|Power Play Goals||0||60 times-last:at NYI||last:Feb 27||1|
|Power Play Points||1||5 times-last:at LA||last:Dec 22||2|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||60 times-last:at NYI||last:Feb 27||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||60 times-last:at NYI||last:Feb 27||1|
|Shots||4||2 times-last:at Buf||last:Dec 11||5|
|Goals||7||2 times-last: 2013-14 (Cgy)|
|Penalty Minutes||37||2010-11 (CBJ)|
|Power Play Goals||4||2013-14 (Cgy)|
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