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Kris Russell inks two-year extension with Flames

Feb 8, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 20: Kris Russell #4 of the Calgary Flames skates against the San Jose Sharks during the second period at SAP Center on January 20, 2014 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Getty Images

After enduring a couple of rough seasons, Kris Russell has revitalized his career with Calgary and now he’s getting rewarded for it. The Flames announced that the 26-year-old defenseman has agreed to a two-year, $4.52 million contract extension.

The Flames acquired him from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a fifth round pick in July. He was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Russell has been averaging 23:28 minutes per contest and is one of just four Flames’ players to have a plus/minus rating of neutral or better after participating in at least 40 games. He’s also reached the 20-point mark for the fourth time in his career and the first time since 2010-11.

With Russell locked up, Calgary now has five defenseman signed to one-way contracts for the 2014-15 campaign. The team still needs to decide what to do with 27-year-old blueliner Chris Butler, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Feb 8, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Good, solid signing. After watching the Flyers-Flames contest this afternoon I can safely say they’re headed the right way (especially compared to where they were in the 1st meeting). Russell should be a part of the solid young core. And with Berra, Ramo, and Gillies coming down the pipe the organization appears to be building the right way, from the backend out.

  2. spetznaz777 - Feb 9, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    glad to see russell was given a chance for some ice time. the blues just had a logjam at D and sadly let some good guys go just to give Ian Cole a shot of which he still really has not impressed. russell, nikitin, runblad, cundari, and then reto berra whos turning out to be pretty good.

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