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July 10, 2013 | 5:03pm ET
Flames re-sign Backlund
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Calgary Flames have signed restricted free agent center Mikael Backlund to a two-year, $3 million contract.

Backlund, 24, registered eight goals and eight assists for 16 points, along with 29 penalty minutes, in 32 games with the Flames last season.

"Mikael really stepped-up last season and took advantage of the change in direction under a new coaching staff," said Flames GM 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."

In 170 career NHL regular-season games, all with the Flames, Backlund has accumulated 23 goals and 39 assists for 62 points.

The native of Vasteras, Sweden, was originally drafted 24th overall by the Flames in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.


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