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Oilers looking to re-sign veteran defenseman, have spoken to his agent.

Oilers trying to get a deal done.

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It appears the Edmonton Oilers are interested in re-signing one of their veteran blue liners.

Although the announcement is highly unlikely to come prior to the expansion draft, TSN insider Pierre LeBrun has reported that the Edmonton Oilers have reached out to the agent of defenseman Kris Russell.

According to LeBrun the two parties spoke "briefly" on Tuesday in an attempt to get the ball rolling on negotiations, presumably with Russell looking to secure a contract with more term this time around.

If the Oilers were to sign him prior to the expansion draft they would be forced to protect him, so it seems extremely unlikely that this will happen before the Las Vegas Golden Knights have completed it's draft.

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