Capped: More Contract Extensions

Eric Daoust




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Olympic hockey is now in the elimination rounds which is dominating the hockey chatter in all circles. However, unless you are tracking injuries, there is very little news relevant to fantasy hockey. With that in mind, today we will take a step back and analyze some of the latest contract extensions signed by NHL players. Since these contracts only take effect next season they do not have any effect on one-year leagues but are very significant in keeper leagues.

Kris Russell (CGY) – $2,600,000 / 2 years


Kris Russell is enjoying the most productive year of his career as he is currently in a three-way tie for second among Flames’ defensemen with 20 points in 44 games. His 23:28 average ice time per contest, third on the team, show that he is certainly being leaned on to play big minutes in Calgary. His play earned him a new two-year contract extension.


Obviously the biggest problem with Russell is injuries, including 14 games missed this year. This is mainly a concern in leagues with a short bench which could leave you scrambling on the waiver wire for help if he goes down. But if you can work around the risk he will certainly be given every opportunity to produce, especially with a lack of NHL-ready blueliners in the pipeline.


As far as cap leagues go, is Russell worth his new cap hit? In order to investigate deeper, we will look at a sample of defensemen already signed for next year at a similar cap hit: