CALGARY AB - FEBRUARY 19: Mikael Backlund #11 of the Calgary Flames copes with the weather during the practice session the day before the 2011 NHL Heritage Classic at McMahon Stadium on February 19 2011 in Calgary Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)
Backlund and the Flames have finally come to an agreement. 1-year (called it), 1-way, 725k.
Jay Feaster was quoted as saying that "Mikael has an opportunity to step up and attempt to secure a top two-line centre position with our club. He is a very talented player who skates well, has excellent vision and possesses a strong skill set."
A little odd, considering the Flames were about to demote Backlund earlier in the year. We all know the kid's strong suits - hopefully a full season with some good counting numbers will silence the mainstreamers and people will finally realize the value he brings to the table.