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Dallas Stars acquire defenseman Kris Russell from Calgary Flames

Dallas gives up two prospects in the deal.

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The Dallas Stars' greatest weakness is their defense, and they tried to address that by trading with the Calgary Flames on Monday.

Dallas acquired defenseman Kris Russell from the Flames in exchange for defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka, forward prospect Brett Pollock and a conditional second-round pick.

Russell makes $2.6 million this season and becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Russell has not been playing for the Flames recently due to a lower-body injury, but is expected to return very soon. Russell, a 28-year-old, is known as a puck-moving defenseman and registered 34 points and four goals just a season ago.

The Stars give up two young players with some promise in the deal. Jokipakka has played well this year in 40 games and limited ice time with the Stars but hadn't completely won a starting spot ahead of Jamie Oleksiak and Patrik Nemeth. Pollock was a second-round draft pick in 2014.