A primarily defensive defenseman, Salei also had some offensive ability, including a hard slapshot and good passing game. He played a tough game and didn't mind dishing it out in the corners and in front of the net.
Ruslan was killed in the plane crash of September 7, 2011 that claimed the lives of several members of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL team.
- 2011-07-05 • Signed to a one-year contract by Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
- 2010-08-09 • Signed to a one-year contract by the Detroit Red Wings
- 2008-02-26 • Traded to the Colorado Avalanche for Karlis Skrastins & a 2008 3rd round pick (Adam Comrie)
- 2006-07-02 • Signed to a four-year contract by the Florida Panthers
- 2005-09-07 • Re-signed to a one-year contract by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
- 2004-10-20 • Signed to a lockout contract by Ak Bars Kazan
- 2004-06-29 • Re-signed to a one-year contract by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
- 2002-08-06 • Re-signed to a two-year contract by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
- 1999-09-04 • Re-signed to a three-year contract by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim