Russell signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract extension with the Oilers on Wednesday.
This deal will keep Russell in Edmonton through the 2021-22 campaign. The veteran blueliner's ice time dropped dramatically in 2019-20, as he only averaged 16:47 per contest after averaging 20:25 the previous year, but he should continue to be a capable bottom-four option for the Oilers over the next two seasons. Nonetheless, he won't produce enough points to be considered a useful fantasy option.
Russell managed an assist in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets.
Russell set up Caleb Jones' game-winning tally at 15:29 of the third period. The 32-year-old blueliner is up to nine assists, 100 blocked shots, 71 hits and a minus-1 rating through 54 contests this season.
Russell (undisclosed) will play in Tuesday's game against the Stars, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Russell blocked a shot in Monday's blowout win over the Predators and was deemed a game-time decision, but the 32-year-old is ready to rock. He'll line up on the third pairing with Matt Benning and look to add to his totals of eight points and 96 blocked shots over 51 contests.
Russell (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's matchup with Dallas, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
Russell is evidently still feeling the effects of the shot he blocked during Monday's 8-3 thrashing of the Predators. If he's unable to go, William Lagesson will draw into the lineup against the Stars.
Russell (concussion) had a hit and a blocked shot in 14:59 during Saturday's 3-2 win over the Jets.
Russell returned after a 14-game absence. He was used in his usual third-pairing role, playing alongside Matt Benning. With just eight assists in 50 games, Russell isn't likely to make a splash in fantasy. He's added 94 blocks, 66 hits and a minus-2 rating this year.
Russell (concussion) was activated from IR and will play Saturday against the Jets.
Russell has spent the last 14 games on long-term IR, and his return is well-timed, as Mike Green (knee) has been ruled out 3-to-4 weeks. The 32-year-old Russell blocked 93 shots and posted eight points over 49 games before sustaining this concussion, and he'll likely draw into the bottom pairing in this contest.
Russell (concussion) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's game against the Jets.
This news comes as a bit of a surprise, as it appeared as though Russell's season might be over when the Oilers placed him on long-term injured reserve Monday, but that's clearly not the case. If the veteran blueliner is unable to go against Winnipeg, he should be ready to rejoin the lineup for Monday's game against the Predators.
The Oilers placed Russell on long-term injured reserve Monday, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
This move helps free up cap space after the team acquired Andreas Athanasiou, Tyler Ennis and Mike Green via trade. It also means that Russell's season is likely over, as the team won't be cap compliant unless they place another player on LTIR. Russell has produced eight points and 93 blocked shots over 49 games this year.
According to coach Dave Tippett, Russell (concussion) skated on his own Tuesday, but he's still not ready to return to game action, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
Russell's presence on the ice Tuesday is certainly a step in the right direction, but there's still no timeline for the shot-blocking specialist's return to the lineup. He's still in the NHL's concussion protocol, so he'll need to be cleared before rejoining the lineup. Expect another update on his status once that occurs.
Russell (concussion) was placed on injured reserve by the Oilers on Thursday.
It's unclear how Russell suffered the injury, but he will need to clear concussion protocol before returning to the ice. The 32-year-old has been a mainstay in the lineup for the Oilers, accumulating eight assists while averaging 17:01 of ice time in 43 games this campaign. His absence opens the door for Caleb Jones or recent call up William Lagesson to enter the lineup.
Russell picked up an assist, three blocked shots and two hits in Wednesday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Flames.
Russell has had an unusually strong run with four helpers in his last six games. The defenseman has eight assists, 93 blocked shots, 65 hits and 39 shots on goal in 49 appearances this season. Russell may not be a lock for the lineup going forward with Matt Benning back from a head injury. Coach Dave Tippett may want to get Caleb Jones into games, which would likely lead to Russell or Benning taking an occasional turn in the press box.
Russell posted a shorthanded assist in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Coyotes.
Russell has three helpers in his last five games, although this was his first special-teams point of the season. The defenseman has seven assists, 90 blocked shots, 63 hits and 38 shots on goal in 48 contests. Russell typically doesn't produce enough offense to warrant fantasy attention.
Russell posted an assist and two PIM in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Canadiens.
Russell skated only 11:46 in the game -- coach Dave Tippett likely wanted his top-four defensemen on the ice as the Oilers rallied. The 32-year-old blueliner has six assists, 89 blocked shots, 61 hits and 14 PIM through 45 contests. His increasingly limited role alongside youngster Caleb Jones makes Russell a non-factor in most fantasy formats.
Russell notched an assist in Monday's 6-4 win over the Maple Leafs.
Russell went 20 games between points, his last being an assist versus the Sharks on Nov. 19. The 32-year-old is hardly known for his offense -- Russell has only five helpers to go with 89 blocked shots, 60 hits and 12 PIM in 44 outings this season.
Russell has no points in his last 14 games.
Russell has amassed 25 blocked shots, 13 hits and a minus-6 rating in that span while serving on the third pairing. Russell hasn't skated more than 13 minutes in the last four outings -- the reduced role will keep the defenseman off the fantasy radar.
Russell (personal) will return to the lineup for Wednesday's matchup with Ottawa, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Russell missed Sunday's clash with the Canucks while tending to a personal matter, but he'll be back in there Wednesday, skating alongside the recently recalled Joel Persson on the Oilers' bottom pairing. The stay-at-home defender has already racked up 42 hits and 63 blocked shots in 28 games this campaign.
Russell is away from the team after the birth of his child and won't play Sunday against the Canucks.
Russell should be ready to rejoin the team Wednesday against the Senators. Either Brandon Manning or Matt Benning are expected to take over on the bottom pairing in Russell's stead.
Russell picked up an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Sharks.
Russell's helper came on Jujhar Khaira's first-period tally. It's the fourth assist of the year for the defenseman, who has yet to score a goal of his own. Russell has added 53 blocked shots and 35 hits in 23 contests.
Russell picked up an assist and two shots on goal in Friday's 4-0 win over the Devils.
Russell set up Matt Benning for a shot in the second period which deflected off Gaetan Haas and into the cage. Russell has three assists, 41 blocked shots and 24 hits through 18 appearances this season. His usage is primarily on the third pairing when the Oilers' defense corps is healthy.
Russell picked up an assist, two hits and two blocked shots in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Coyotes.
Russell now has two assists, 39 blocked shots and 22 hits through 16 appearances this season. He's likely to see third-pairing minutes, but Joel Persson was benched after a turnover in the second period, allowing Russell to log 20:06 in Monday's contest. If Persson is scratched at any point in time, Russell would be most likely to move up alongside Oscar Klefbom.
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