Blue Line Buzz: Deadline On The Blue Line
Blue Line Buzz: Deadline On The Blue Line

This article is part of our Blue Line Buzz series.

The NHL trade deadline was quieter than expected, but there still wasn't any lack of intrigue. Some of the big names stayed right there they were, but enough changed places to make the playoff picture a little more interesting.

Biggest splash: Dallas landing Kris Russell from Calgary for Jyrki Jokipakka, forward Brett Pollock and a conditional second-round pick (could become a first-round pick).

Russell is an underrated defenseman and stabilizing presence on the back end. He blocks a ton of shots (174, second in the league), a trait that's probably more valuable to the Stars than any other playoff team – you want Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi to see as little rubber as possible. It's too high a price for a rental and Russell alone is not worth more than a first-round pick, which presumably means the Stars intend to re-sign him. Russell's stock in fantasy leagues just skyrocketed, since he'll be skating with the league's best offense.

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