Flames sign Backlund to two-year contract

Wednesday, 07.10.2013 / 4:52 PM NHL.com

The Calgary Flames on Wednesday signed center Mikael Backlund to a two-year, $3 million contract.

The 24-year-old was selected in the first round (No. 24) of the 2007 NHL Draft by the Flames and reached career highs of 10 goals and 25 points during the 2010-11 season.

Last season, Backlund had eight goals and 16 points in 32 games.

“Mikael really stepped up last season and took advantage of the change in direction under a new coaching staff,” Flames general manager Jay Feaster said. “He came into camp in very good shape and also had regained his confidence. He parlayed that into a strong season, and if it wasn’t for his (foot) 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.”

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