Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 1:20pm


The Calgary Flames acquired defenseman Kris Russell from the St. Louis Blues for a fifth-round draft pick in 2014.

What does it give the Calgary Flames
The Flames are revamping their blueline and looking for more of a puck-moving presence than in years past. That's the preferred setup under coach Bob Hartley. Enter Russell, who lost his place in the Blues lineup late last season when St. Louis acquired former Flames {P Jay Bouwmeester} and {P Jordan Leopold}. Russell's arrival could be bad news for {P Chris Butler}, who struggled last season. It also may bump rookie {P Mark Cundari}'s spot in the lineup for 2013-14.

What does it give the St. Louis Blues
The Blues didn't have any room for Russell any longer, so they're moving him along so that he can receive more ice time somewhere else. He was a restricted free agent, so St. Louis gambled a little (by making him a qualifying offer) and won. Getting a fifth-round draft pick here seems like a bit of a coup for a depth defenseman that the Blues didn't need anymore.

Fantasy impact
Russell's fantasy value will receive a small spike now that he's in Calgary, since he should play more there. However, he's not much more than a deep sleeper in most fantasy leagues.

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St. Louis Blues

a fifth-round draft pick in 2014