Dallas have bolstered their blue line with the acquisition of Kris Russell from Calgary.
The 28-year-old had been widely expected to move ahead of the trade deadline, and it finally happened, with the Stars sending defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka and forward Brett Pollock, plus a conditional second round pick for the 2016 draft, to the Flames in exchange for the 28-year old’s services.
Drafted in the third round (67th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets, Russell also spent two seasons with the St. Louis Blues before moving to Calgary in 2013.
In 562 career NHL games Russell registered 38 goals and 173 points. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.
Jokipakka, a seventh round pick for the Stars in 2011, featured in 91 games for the franchise over the past two seasons, scoring two goals and sixteen points. In 51 games this season the Finn averaged fourteen and a half minutes per night.
19-year old Pollock has registered 25 goals and 67 points with the WHL Edmonton Oil Kings this season. Dallas selected the Alberta native in the second round of the 2014 draft, 45th overall.
The conditional pick sent to Calgary will become a first round selection if Dallas reach conference finals and Russell plays 50% of their games in the first two rounds.