Mikael Backlund stuns with contract extension with Flames


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Mikael Backlund stuns with contract extension with Flames

The Calgary Flames have just reached an aggrement on an extension with veteran forward Mikael Backlund on Wednesday. It’s been confirmed that the veteran forward signed a two-year extension, which will carry an AAV in the neighbourhood of $4.5M.

Backlund was one of eight pending unrestricted free agents on the Flames roster, which also includes Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin.

According to Pierre LeBrun, the deal also includes a no move that kicks in immediately for the full 3 seasons. No trade exception kicks in Jan 1, 2026 - player may eliminate 15 teams. The insider points out important it was too get the full no move in the contract.

Backlund, who was selected 24th overall by Calgary in 2007, posted 19 goals and 56 points in 82 games last season. He has 185 goals and 492 points in 908 career games with the team.

The Flames, who have reached the playoffs in three of the past four seasons, have failed to advance past the second round since reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2004.

Backlund looks to get them back in contention and signing a two-year deal gives him the opportunity to do just that with the current group. Maybe he'll be able to convince Lindholm and Hanifin to do the same. 

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