Free agent is biding his time before signing with new team.

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Free agent is biding his time before signing with new team.

It appears Kris Russell has no problem waiting for his big payday.

According to Darren Dreger of TSN, the unrestricted free-agent defenseman is simply waiting for several prospective teams to clear salary cap space before signing a new contract. 

The 29-year old split this past season between Calgary and Dallas, recording four goals and 15 assists with a Corsi For rating below 45 at even strength. His real attribute is his ability to block shots in bunches. Though his 201 blocked shots ranked him third overall in 2013-14, Russell’s 2.96 blocks per game were higher than that of NHL leader Andrew MacDonald. His brutal art came in handy during the 2014-15 campaign, as he ranked second in the NHL in blocked shots with 210 in only 62 games played.

One team that will likely take a run at Russell is the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are running low on cap space. According to CSSNE.com's Joe Haggerty, the Boston Bruins are another team that has shown interest in him.

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