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Ruslan Salei

Ruslan Salei  #24

Defenseman
NUMBER: 24 BIRTHDATE: November 2, 1974
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Minsk, Belarus
WEIGHT: 212 DRAFTED: ANA / 1996 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (9th overall)
Signed as a free agent by Kazan (Russia), October 20, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Florida, July 2, 2006. Traded to Colorado by Florida for Karlis Skrastins and Colorado's 3rd round choice (Adam Comrie) in 2008 Entry Draft, February 26, 2008. Missed majority of 2009-10 due to back injury at Nashville, October 8, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, August 9, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Yaroslavl (KHL), July 5, 2011.
Quote of the Day

[He's] real confident with the puck now, getting it off his stick quick and no second-guessing. We need that. He's such a good guy in the room. He works so hard. That's the big thing. For not a big man, he just fights for every puck and when he scores, the guys appreciate that even more.

— Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice on Mathieu Perreault, who scored two goals in win against Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday