Report: Kris Russell Told He’s “Likely” To be Traded

As trade speculation ramps up as the trade deadline barrels head-long towards us, TSN’s Darren Dreger had a very interesting scoop earlier this morning regarding one of the Calgary Flames most prominent trade chips.

Russell’s a pending unrestricted free agent this summer and the general free agent market speculation is that he’s going to get well-compensated and receive a healthy boost from his current $2.6 million cap hit. With the Flames having already well-compensated defensemen by the names of Mark Giordano ($6.75 million), Dougie Hamilton ($5.75 million), T.J. Brodie ($4.65 million), Ladislav Smid ($3.5 million) and Deryk Engelland ($2.917 million), it’s unlikely that the Flames would be able to afford him.

Then there’s the entire “Is Kris Russell good enough for a big raise” debate, which we’ve already gotten into (and will once again when he’s moved).

Anyway, if this scoop is true – and I have few reasons to believe otherwise – it’s proof that Brad Treliving is more pragmatic than sentimental. It would also make it tremendously unlikely that Russell plays tonight against Ottawa.

  • MontanaMan

    Not as much as many would have hoped but it rarely is. The reality is that this is fair value for Hudler, particularly how he has played this season. Next.

    Purcell to the Panthers for a third so Hudler’s return is reasonable.