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.
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger