Flames re-sign Backlund

The Calgary Flames re-signed restricted free-agent forward Mikael Backlund on Wednesday to a $3 million, two-year contract extension.

"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.