COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 13: Ryan Russell #25 of the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrates his first career NHL goal during the game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Nationwide Arena on January 13, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets defeated the Coyotes 4-3. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
Ryan Russell has signed a one-year deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Russell was acquired by the Blue Jackets in a minor deal with the Montreal Canadiens in July 2011. He played 41 games with Columbus in 2011-12, scoring two points and registering two penalty minutes in those games. He scored nine goals and six assists in 31 games with the Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate Springfield Falcons.
The 25-year-old projects as a depth player in the NHL, and his versatility in playing both wing and center ice suit him well. He's a small player, however, weighing in at just 180 pounds on a 5-foot-10 frame, and that's a concern for his NHL future.