Apr 25, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Kris Russell (4) and Calgary Flames left wing Mike Cammalleri (13) fight during the first period at the Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Poll: What Should the Blues Do With Kris Russell?

The St. Louis Blues have a choice to make when it comes to restricted free agent Kris Russell.  While Russell has shown flashes of excellent play in his career, he has yet to break through and be a consistent part of this St. Louis Blues roster.  In today’s daily poll, we ask you what you think we should do with Kris Russell.

What Should the Blues Do With Kris Russell?

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-Alex Hodschayan

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  • bluenotebacker

    Russell & Polak showed good chemistry at times last season and I think in a full season he’d get plenty of minutes. In Russell the Blues have a known entity, a 5-yr veteran at NHL level, a decent 5-6 defenseman with speed. I’d rather see Leo & Cole stay with the team than have them go out of their way to keep Rusell- I think he’s too small for this team’s defensive-minded game BUT I don’t think he has as much trade value as Cole has.

    • Alex Hodschayan

      He doesn’t have as much trade value, but he could cost more than Cole. If Armstrong can keep him for $800,000 like he did Cole, it might not be a bad idea to keep both of them. If Leopold will also take a slight pay cut, Armstrong would have the defensive depth that he wants on this team. Problem is, we will need to part with someone if we want to add up front.

      • bluenotebacker

        yeah, I don’t see any scenario where all three of those guys are playing for St. Louis in the upcoming season- just another interesting story-line we’ll watch Army play out

  • Dashley R

    It’s sad that everybody thinks you HAVE to have size to play competitively in the NHL even for Hitch in his Blues system. The reason Hitch wanted Russell to come and play for him here is because he knew what a good deal they would get out of him. Hitch had him as a D-man in Columbus and can see how full of gumption and grit beyond his size he really is. He is young, quick, aggressive, smart and in my opinion he is still developing which is a good thing. Honestly I would keep him over Leo or Cole any day of the week. I know Jordan is older and more experienced, but he isn’t a proven Blues player yet. Either way, I’m sure Armstrong will get the best bang for his buck.

    • Alex Hodschayan

      Armstrong was quick to say when he picked up Russell that Hitch had nothing to do with it. I think if Hitch had that much faith in Russell, we would have seen him more this season. I think the truth of it is that Russell was brought in as a depth defender in case of injury. With Bouwmeester and Cole under contract for next season, Russell is the odd man out for a couple reasons.

      I agree that he has a ton of potential, but it looks like his days in St. Louis are numbered. We will see, but I think Armstrong knows what he is doing.

      • Dashley R

        I see what Armstrong is doing and I get it. He is working with a tight budget so this isn’t going to be the only tough decision. He has a strong arm, I think he will point us in the right direction.