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Backlund Signs Two-Year Contract With Calgary

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed centre Mikael Backlund to a two year contract.

“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. “He came into camp in very good shape and also had regained his confidence. He parlayed that into a strong season, and 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 played 32 games with the Flames last season netting eight goals and eight assists for 16 points along with 29 penalty minutes. He was the Flames first round draft pick in the 2007 NHL Draft.

Contract Terms: Two-year one-way contract with an AAV of $1,500,000 per season

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Why This Goal Should Not Have Been Allowed

Kerry Fraser of TSN discusses why the Mikael Backlund goal from Saturday nigh should not have been allowed.

Backlund was not pushed into Oiler goalkeeper, Devan Dubnyk by Ryan Smyth or any other Oiler teammate.Mikael Backlund followed the puck into the crease and crashed the net (and Dubnyk) though his own initiative. If that isn't enough reason for some to understand why this goal must be disallowed let me provide the technical reasons to support this call.

Rule 69.3 Contact Inside the Goal Crease - If an attacking player initiates contact with a goalkeeper, incidental or otherwise, while the goalkeeper is in his crease and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed.

More specifically, Mikael Backlund's actions on this play are best described by the bold type in Rule 69.6 Rebounds and Loose Pucks - In the event that a goalkeeper has been pushed into the net together with the puck after making a stop the goal will be disallowed.

more and watch the goal below,  All I know is these calls could go either way and as I wrote yesterday, replay should be allowed to make sure the call on the ice is the correct one.

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Backlund’s Swedish Club Expected His Return After WJC

From TSN:

According to the Calgary Herald, Swedish club Vasteras was under the assumption that Backlund would rejoin them after the World Junior Hockey Championship.

‘‘Mikael Backlund has not been given permission to play for another club,’’ Vasteras official Anders Eklund told the Swedish media. ‘‘There is nothing in his agreement with us that allows him to play for a club in North America and we don’t think it’s right that he did this without communicating with us.

‘‘We are very disappointed in Backlund’s conduct in this case and do not think he acted honestly.’

Backlund suited up for the Calgary Flames last week. Read on.

Update 3:05pm ET: Here’s the original report in the Calgary Herald.

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Flames Recall Backlund

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the recall of forward Mikael Backlund.

Backlund is coming off a silver medal at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championships as a member of team Sweden, and was named as one of Sweden’s Top Three players in the Tournament. Backlund finished tied for 2nd on the team with seven points (5+2), and tied for 7th overall in tournament scoring with five goals in six games. This is Backlund’s second straight silver medal after finishing second at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic.

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Flames Hope 1st Round Pick Can Make An Impact

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,

Nineteen-year-old Mikael Backlund will skate with the draftees and free agents this week. But the hope is the young Swede will knock everyone’s socks off and jump from prospect to producer with the big club.

The greening of Backlund could well decide whether Calgary moves forward or falls back this coming season….

Many scouts feel he’s very close to ready.

And now you can see why GM Darryl Sutter went so far from his comfort level in selecting a European player in the first round of the 2007 draft.

Put simply, this organization desperately needs a skilled player on an entry-level contract to emerge now—not in 12 months or two years.

The core of veterans assembled in Calgary has maybe another season or so left at its peak.

At about $57.6 million in guaranteed money, the Flames have reached the salary cap.

read on

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