Kris Russell, Kris Russell, Kris Russell. The cult hero of the Edmonton Oilers is going to be an unrestricted free agent again this summer if the Oilers do not re-sign him. If you remember from last year, Russell was a hyped free agent who dropped off the face of the Earth until training camp. Why was that? Russell is bad. Mark Stuart/Ben Chiarot levels bad.
Russell is the anti-play driver and the type of player who gets filled in shot attempt wise when he is on the ice. It is quite possible only copious amounts of Connor McDavid can get him to above 50% in CorsiFor percentage. That is bad. Around this point I would usually start talking about the pluses and minuses of signing a player, even if I do not think that the player is a good fit for the Jets. However, Russell is so bad that signing him would actively make the Jets worse and make an already hard to deploy defence impossible to deploy with every player in the best slot for them. So, should the Jets look into signing Kris Russell if he becomes a UFA?