Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - The Calgary Flames re-signed restricted
free-agent forward Mikael Backlund on Wednesday to a $3 million, two-year
"Mikael really stepped up last season and took advantage of the change in
direction under a new coaching staff," said Flames general manager Jay
Feaster. "If it wasn't for his injury we believe he would have progressed even
further in his development. We need Mikael to be one of our go-to players this
year, and we are excited about watching him continue to evolve and take that
step to the next level as a player."
Backlund was hampered by a Grade 2 sprain of the medial collateral ligament
in one of his knees, missing a little more than a month of action early last
season. He finished with eight goals and eight assists in 32 games.
Over parts of five NHL seasons, all for Calgary, the 24-year-old Swede has
totaled 23 goals and 39 assists in 170 appearances.
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