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The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed Kris Russell to a 2 year extension at an annual average of $2.6 million dollars. The 26 year old Red Deer native was acquired from St. Louis in the off season in exchange for a 5th Round Pick in the 2014 NHL Draft and is currently on an expiring one year, $1.5 million dollar deal.
Russell has emerged as a key cog on the Flames blueline this season, logging big minutes in all situations and is tied for second in scoring among defenseman on the team with four goals and 20 points in 44 games. The deal keeps Russell a Flame through the 2015/2016 season.
The Flames also announce they’ve returned Joni Ortio and Chris Breen to the Abbotsford Heat for some playing time during the Olympic break. Ortio’s return to the NHL at the completion of the Games will be contingent on the health of the injured Karri Ramo.