The shot-blocking defenseman was sitting on a lot of offers, by the sound of things this summer, but must have been waiting for the Oilers to do something about Nail Yakupov (or something like it) for the player and the team to come to terms with a new deal.
The 29-year old split the 2016 season between Calgary and Dallas, playing in only 62 games and picking up 19 points and he certainly has some potential to be a pool worthy player, more so than last year, where he was on the bottom end of the spectrum. Playing with some offensively gifted players is certainly going to boost his potential and his projections, where I have him early at the 30-point mark.
This signing will give the Oilers a little bit more credibility at the back, but Russell isn't quite known as the defensive anchor of a team, despite his shot-blocking ability. He'll be able to help move the puck out of their zone, but that just doesn't figure to be enough. We'll see.
|Jordan Eberle||6.000||Andrej Sekera||5.500||Cam Talbot||4.167|
|Ryan Nugent-Hopkins||6.000||Adam Larsson||4.167||Jonas Gustavsson||0.800|
|Milan Lucic||6.000||Kris Russell||3.100|
|Mark Letestu||1.800||Oscar Klefbom||4.167|
|Zack Kassian||1.500||Mark Fayne||3.500|
|Anton Lander||1.238||Brandon Davidson||1.425|
|Jesse Puljujarvi||0.925||Matthew Benning||0.925|
|Matt Hendricks||1.850||Andrew Ference||3.250|
|Kris Versteeg||PTO||Eric Gryba||PTO|
Pool worthy, non-pool roster players, assumed roster fill-ins, injured/retired cap hits, in the system
Heading into Saturday's roster decisions, which one would assume they would be making, before the play the Canucks in preseason action on Saturday night, the Oilers are not very far away from being done. The now 30-man roster they currently have at camp, as seen above, still has $3.9 million in cap space left, so that's not an issue. Players can come and go without much consequence. Ference will be looking like a season-long IR player, but the Oilers don't need much help yet, so he likely won't be hitting the LTIR for cap help, unless there is a mid-season spending spree.