The Calgary Flames are formally maintaining their longest-tenured participant within the fold, because the membership introduced on Wednesday that they’ve come to phrases with ahead Mikael Backlund on a two-year extension value a median annual worth of $4.5 million.
The deal ties Backlund to Calgary by means of the 2025-26 season and comes with the function of the crew’s new captain, making him the twenty first participant in franchise historical past to don the ‘C.’
Backlund has one 12 months remaining on his present contract value $5.35 million.
HE'S BACKS AND WEARING THE C!
We're proud to announce Mikael Backlund has been signed to a two-year contract extension and has been named the twenty first captain in franchise historical past!
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) September 27, 2023
Whereas it appeared unsure at instances, an extension at all times gave the impression to be the pure end result for Backlund as he approached free company. The 34-year-old was drafted by the Flames twenty fourth general again in 2007 and is now going into his sixteenth season with the membership as he embarks upon the 2023-24 marketing campaign.
Backlund remains to be an efficient two-way participant who will make the Flames a greater crew at each ends of the rink. Suiting up in all 82 video games final season, Backlund managed to rack up 19 targets and 37 assists for 56 factors regardless of the chaos unfolding in Calgary, logging simply over 18 minutes per evening in common ice time and successful 50.9 p.c of his attracts.
Whereas the time period, even simply two years, could also be unsettling given Backlund’s age, the Flames clearly prioritized making certain that one of the crucial beloved gamers in current franchise historical past dedicated to them for the foreseeable future, including some stability to a corporation that has undergone fairly the upheaval lately.
- Flames Signal Mikael Backlund to Two-Yr Extension, Title Him Captain
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