Backlund signs 1-year deal with Flames

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Restricted free-agent center Mikael Backlund has re-signed with the Calgary Flames, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $725,000, the Calgary Herald reported Thursday.

"Mikael has an opportunity to step up and attempt to secure a top-two-line center position with our club," Flames general manager Jay Feaster told the Herald. "He is a very talented player who skates well, has excellent vision and possesses a strong skill set. As we have discussed with him, Mikael needs to work on his consistency and his focus in order to break through in a top-six role and start to define his role on our team. We are excited about the level of competition that should exist in camp this fall and we expect Mikael to be in the thick of those battles."

Backlund had four goals, seven assists and 16 penalty minutes in 41 games.
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