The Edmonton Oilers continued their busy Friday night by signing free-agent defenseman Kris Russell to a one-year contract.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but Sportsnet reported Russell will receive $3.1 million. The announcement of the signing came just hours after Edmonton traded former first-overall draft pick Nail Yakupov to the St. Louis Blues for forward prospect Zach Pochiro and a conditional pick.
Russell finished last season with the Dallas Stars, recording four assists in 11 games after notching four goals and 15 points in 51 contests with the Calgary Flames prior to being traded. He registered a total of 210 blocked shots to finish second in the league after leading the NHL with 283 the previous campaign.
The 29-year-old Russell, who set an NHL record for most blocked shots in one game with 15 against the Boston Bruins on March 6, 2015, was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third round of the 2005 draft. He made his league debut in 2007-08, recording two goals and eight assists in 67 contests.
Russell spent 4 1/4 more seasons with the Blue Jackets before being dealt to St. Louis, where he appeared in only 76 games over just under two campaigns. He was shipped to Calgary in July 2013 after being placed on waivers and going unclaimed.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Russell has registered 38 goals and 139 assists in 573 career games with the Blue Jackets, Blues, Flames and Stars. A native of Alberta, he has notched three tallies and 16 points in 36 postseason contests while helping Canada claim the gold medal at both the 2006 and 2007 IIHF World Junior Championships.