Russell signs one-year, $1.25 million contract extension with Oilers


Kris Russell signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract extension with the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday that will run through the 2021-22 season.

The 33-year-old defenseman could have become an unrestricted free agent after this season. Russell had nine assists in 55 games last season, his fourth with the Oilers, and missed 14 games with a concussion. He did not score a point in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, when Edmonton lost the best-of-5 series to the Chicago Blackhawks in four games.

Russell has scored 236 points (46 goals, 190 assists) in 846 regular-season games over 13 seasons with the Oilers, Dallas Stars, Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues and Columbus Blue Jackets. He has scored 20 points (three goals, 17 assists) in 53 postseason games.

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