CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed centre Mikael Backlund to a two-year contract.
“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. “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 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 played 32 games with the Flames last season netting eight goals and eight assists for 16 points along with 29 penalty minutes. He was the Flames first round draft pick in the 2007 NHL Draft.
Contract Terms: Two-year, one-way contract with an AAV of $1,500,000 per season.
MIKAEL BACKLUND – CENTRE
BORN: Vasteras, SWE DATE: March 17, 1989
HEIGHT: 6’0’’ WEIGHT: 196 lbs.
HOW ACQUIRED: 1st round (24th overall) in the 2007 NHL Draft