Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/11/11

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 18: Kris Russell #10 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates against the Chicago Blackhawks during the game on March 18, 2009 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The St. Louis Blues acquired defenseman Kris Russell to the Central Division rival Columbus Blue Jackets for fellow blue-liner Nikita Nikitin late Thursday night. Russell collected two goals and an assist in 12 games for the Blue Jackets this season. The 24-year-old defenseman rejoins coach Ken Hitchcock, who he played for during his rookie campaign in Columbus. Nikitin has not recorded a point in seven contests with the Blues this season. The 25-year-old Russian was a healthy scratch in eight of the last nine games for St. Louis.
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