Mike Halford

Calgary Flames defenseman Kris Russell skates to his teammates after scoring against the Nashville Predators during overtime period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. The Flames won 2-1. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Stars beef up blueline, acquire Russell from Calgary


The playoff-bound Dallas Stars have added an experienced defenseman, picking up Kris Russell from the Flames, per Sportsnet.

UPDATE:  Per ESPN and the Dallas Morning-News, it’s believed d-man Jyrki Jokipakka, prospect Brett Pollock (a forward) and a conditional second-round pick are going to Calgary. If Dallas makes the Western Conference Final, that second rounder becomes a first.

“Kris is ultra-competitive and a solid two-way defensemen,” Stars GM Jim Nill said in a release. “He will bring a steadying presence to our blueline and we feel he will help us improve in several areas.”

Russell, 28, has 15 points through 51 games this year for the Flames, while averaging a healthy 22:52 TOI per night. He’s also coming off a very impressive ’14-15 postseason, in which he scored seven points in 11 games while averaging a whopping 26:45 TOI in the Flames’ series against Vancouver and Anaheim.

For a Dallas team returning to the postseason after a one-year hiatus, that experience will be invaluable.

Russell’s overall value, however, has been a topic of great debate lately. Some saw him as one of the top available defensemen on the market, thanks to his puck-moving ability and last year’s career-high 34 points during the regular season.

Others, meanwhile, looked at his less-than-stellar possession metrics and thought he might be an overvalued asset.

How it plays out remains to be seen.

Russell’s in the last of a two-year, $5.2 million deal with a $2.6M average annual cap hit. A pending UFA, it’s believed the he’ll be highly sought after in free agency, and reports suggest he could be gunning for a contract worth $5M annually on the open market.

UPDATE 2: More on the conditional pick, from ESPN…

PHT’s Trade Deadline Tracker


Here’s the full list of deals made prior to the Monday, Feb. 29th 3 p.m. EST trade deadline..

Feb. 29

To Anaheim: Jamie McGinn
To Buffalo: conditional 3rd-round pick (link)

To Chicago: Tim Jackman, seventh-round pick
To Anaheim: Corey Tropp (link)

To Edmonton: Patrick Maroon
To Anaheim: Martin Gernat, fourth-round pick (link)

To Minnesota: David Jones
To Calgary: Niklas Backstrom, sixth-round pick (link)

To Nashville: Corey Potter
To Arizona: “Future considerations” (link)

To Pittsburgh: Dustin Jeffrey
To Arizona: Matia Marcantuoni (link)

To New York Islanders: Marc-Andre Cliche
To Colorado: Taylor Beck (link)

To Los Angeles: Brett Sutter
To Minnesota: Scott Sabourin (link)

To Montreal: Stefan Matteau
To New Jersey: Devante Smith-Pelly (link)

To Boston: Lee Stempniak
To New Jersey: ’17 2nd-round pick, ’16 4th-round pick (link)

To New York Islanders: Shane Prince, ’16 7th-round pick
To Ottawa: ’16 3rd-round pick (link)

To Boston: John-Michael Liles
To Carolina: Anthony Camara, 3rd-round pick, 5th-round pick (link)

To Anaheim: Brandon Pirri
To Florida: ’16 6th-round pick (link)

To Colorado: Eric Gelinas
To New Jersey: ’17 3rd-round pick (link)

To Dallas: Kris Russell
To Calgary: Jyrki Jokipakka, Brett Pollock, conditional 2nd-round pick (link)

To Colorado: Mikkel Boedker
To Arizona: Alex Tanguay, Conner Bleackley, Kyle Wood (link)

To Carolina: Dennis Robertson
To Chicago: Drew McIntyre (link)

To Arizona: Sergei Plotnikov
To Pittsburgh: Matthias Plachta, ’17 7th-round pick (link)

Feb. 28

To Washington: Daniel Winnik, ’16 5th-round pick
To Toronto: Brooks Laich, Connor Carrick, ’16 2nd-round pick (link)

To New York Rangers: Chris Brown
To Washington: Ryan Bourque (link)

To New York Rangers: Eric Staal
To Carolina: ’16 2nd-round pick, ’17 2nd-round pick, Aleksi Saarela (link)

To L.A.: Kris Versteeg
To Carolina: Valentin Zykov, 5th-round pick (link)

Feb. 27

To Buffalo: Alex Guptill, Eric O’Dell, Cole Schneider, Michael Sdao
To Ottawa: Jason Akeson, Phil Varone, Jerome Leduc (link)

To Pittsburgh: Justin Schultz
To Edmonton: ’16 3rd-round pick (link)

To Florida: Jakub Kindl
To Detroit: ’17 6th-round pick (link)

To Florida: Teddy Purcell
To Edmonton: 3rd-round pick (link)

To Florida: Jiri Hudler
To Calgary: ’16 2nd-round pick, ’18 4th-round pick (link)

To St. Louis: Anders Nilsson
To Edmonton: Niklas Lundstrom, ’16 5th-round pick (link)

To San Jose: James Reimer, Jeremy Morin
To Toronto: Alex Stalock, Ben Smith, ’18 4th-round pick (link)

Feb. 26

To Chicago: Dale Weise, Tomas Fleischmann
To Montreal: Philip Danault, ’18 2nd-round pick (link)

Feb. 25

To Chicago: Andrew Ladd, Matt Fraser, Jay Harrison
To Winnipeg: Mark Dano, ’16 1st-round pick, ’18 3rd-round pick (link)

Feb. 24

To Vancouver: Philip Larsen
To Edmonton: ’17th 5th-round pick (link)

Feb. 23

To Washington: Mike Weber
To Buffalo: ’17 3rd-round pick (link)

Feb. 22

To San Jose: Roman Polak, Nick Spaling
To Toronto: Raffi Torres, ’17 2nd-round pick, ’18 2nd-round pick (link)

To Vancouver: Markus Granlund
To Calgary: Hunter Shinkaruk (link)

Feb. 21

To Colorado: Shawn Matthias
To Toronto: Colin Smith, ’16 4th-round pick (link)

Roundup: Habs claim Brown, Devils claim Warsofsky

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Quick look at some of the moves made via waivers on trade deadline day…

— Montreal replaced some of the grit at depth lost at forward from the Dale WeiseTomas Fleischmann trade by picking up Mike Brown from the Sharks. Brown, 30, has appeared in 44 games for San Jose this season, scoring one goal and three points while racking up 63 PIM.

Brown is in the last of a two-year, $2.4 million deal with a $1.25M average annual cap hit.

— New Jersey added some depth on defense by claiming David Warsofsky off waiver from the Penguins. Warsofsky, 25, is a decent offensive blueliner that’s failed to make much of an impact at the NHL level, scoring just two goals and four points in 22 career games.

This year, Warsofsky appeared in 12 contests for the Penguins, a career high. He’s on a one-year, $600,000 deal and will be an RFA on July 1.

— There were no takers for a pair of goalies exposed to waivers yesterday (Toronto’s Alex Stalock and Colorado’s Reto Berra), nor did anyone put in a claim for Columbus’ Rene Bourque or Boston’s Zac Rinaldo.

It’s worth noting that Rinaldo has a disciplinary hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Tuesday, following his high hit on Tampa Bay’s Cedric Paquette.

Related: Oilers pick up Cracknell, Pardy off waivers

Rinaldo to have hearing for high hit on Paquette (Video)


Boston forward Zac Rinaldo will have a disciplinary hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety following his high hit on Tampa Bay’s Cedric Paquette on Sunday, the league has announced.

The hit, which occurred midway through the opening period, earned Rinaldo a two minute minor for an illegal check to the head. Paquette exited briefly but did return to finish with 12:30 TOI.

Rinaldo has a long and checkered history when it comes to questionable hits and supplemental discipline, so news of his hearing — which will take place tomorrow — doesn’t come as a huge surprise.

Though he’s managed to avoid suspension or fines this season, he received a hefty eight-game ban for charging/boarding Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang last season and, the season prior, was suspended four games for an illegal check to the head of then-Buffalo defenseman Chad Ruhwedel.

Sens shut down top center Turris (ankle) ‘indefinitely’

Ottawa Senators' Kyle Turris celebrates his game-winning goal against the Montreal Canadiens during overtime of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Senators awoke Monday morning four points back of Pittsburgh for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Things didn’t get much better from there.

Just a short while ago, Ottawa GM Bryan Murray told reporters that No. 1 center Kyle Turris would be shut down indefinitely to deal with a high ankle sprain.

Turris, who has struggled throughout the year while trying to play through the injury, has 13 goals and 30 points through 57 games. He’s been sidelined recently, after it became clear the ailment was affecting his play significantly — last year, Turris was outstanding and a huge part of Ottawa’s late-season playoff surge, finishing with career highs in assists (40) and points (64).

Where Ottawa goes from here remains to be seen.

Murray could try to broker a deal ahead of today’s 3 p.m. EST trade deadline, but it’s highly unlikely he could land a player of Turris’ pedigree without paying a serious price.

It’s also unclear if Ottawa would still be in buyer’s mode, as the team hasn’t exactly taken off following the big Dion Phaneuf blockbuster — the Sens are just 5-4-0 in nine games with the ex-Leafs captain in the fold.