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Mikael Backlund | Center

Team: Calgary Flames
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/17/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 198
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Updating a previous item, it appears that the Calgary Flames signed Mikael Backlund for three years, $10.725 million.
He'll carry a cap hit of $3.575 million, then. The Flames get a nice deal, as this contract eats up two would-be UFA years. His numbers weren't great in 2014-15, yet Backlund figures to be a key center for Calgary going forward. Jun 20 - 1:53 PM

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The Calgary Flames handed would-be RFA Mikael Backlund a contract extension on Saturday.

Specifics are a little scarce at this time, as the Flames didn't reveal the term (merely calling it "multi-year") and didn't provide any salary details. Regardless, it's helpful to keep the versatile 26-year-old in the fold; he generated 27 points in 52 regular season games along with a goal and an assist in 11 playoff contests in 2014-15.
Jun 20 - 1:46 PM

Mikael Backlund will be a restricted free agent this summer.

He expressed his hope to stay with the Flames, but there's a chance he could be traded. "I love Calgary. This city feels like home to me now," Backlund said. "I'd love to be part of the future here. We'll see what happens this summer, if they want to keep me around, but I like it here and I'm sure we'll figure it out. Hopefully, the right numbers and the right deal." He had 10 goals and 17 assists in 52 games during the regular season and two points in 11 playoff contests.
Source: Calgary Sun
May 13 - 2:52 PM

Mikael Backlund scored the winner early on in overtime to help Calgary get back in the series against Anaheim with a 4-3 win on Tuesday.

Backlund couldn't have picked a better time to score his first goal of the postseason with the Flames series hopes on the line. The game never would have gotten to extra frame if not for a late game tying goal by super rookie Johnny Gaudreau. The Flames also got goals from Brandon Bollig and Joe Colborne as their collective efforts on Tuesday got them right back in the series. For Backlund it was just his second point in nine playoff games.
May 6 - 3:08 AM

Mikael Backlund hasn't found the back of the net in the 2015 playoffs.

It's not for lack of trying as he has 26 shots on goal in eight contests. "Well … that's the only way you're going to score is if you shoot pucks," Backlund said. "That's what I've been trying to do. The chances have been there, we just haven't capitalized yet." Calgary is down 2-0 in its second round series against Anaheim, so this would be a great time for Backlund to break out of his slump.
Source: Calgary Sun
May 5 - 9:57 AM

Mikael Backlund backed off his comments after Game 5 that he was guaranteeing a victory in Game 6.

Backlund is not claiming to be Joe Namath and said that he did not guarantee a win on Saturday but he stated: "All I said was that there was no way we’re going to lose, and that’s the mindset we’re going to have going into the game. There are no guarantees in life, so why would I guarantee something?"
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 25 - 7:08 AM

Mikael Backlund and Sean Monahan scored shorthanded goals during a five minute disadvantage on Friday.

The Flames were killing a five minute major to Lance Bouma and it turned out to be the difference in the game as the Maple Leafs failed to score while the Flames scored on a couple of breakaways. Backlund now has nine goals and 23 points in 38 games and is on a seven game points streak in which he has three goals and four helpers.
Mar 14 - 5:20 AM

Mikael Backlund scored a goal in a 5-4 shootout defeat against Ottawa on Sunday.

Backlund is riding a five-game point streak. That gives him eight goals and 13 assists in 36 contests this season.
Source: Calgary Sun
Mar 9 - 8:43 AM

Mikael Backlund had an assist in a 4-3 shootout victory against Boston.

Backlund is on a three-game point streak. He has seven goals and 12 assists in 34 games this season.
Source: Calgary Sun
Mar 6 - 10:32 AM

Mikael Backlund (illness) will be back in the lineup on Wednesday.

He missed Monday's game because he wasn't feeling well. Backlund has been limited to 21 games this season, but he's been productive when he's played with six goals and 14 points. Sven Baertschi will be scratched to make room for his return.
Feb 4 - 5:53 PM

Mikael Backlund (illness) will be unable to play in Monday's game versus the Jets.

The Swedish forward was a game-time decision due to an illness and will not be able to suit up Monday. He has been limited to just 21 games this season but has 14 points in those 21 contests on the year. Sven Baertschi will dress in his place.
Feb 2 - 9:01 PM

Mikael Backlund will be a game-time decision Monday because of an illness.

He didn't take part in the team's morning session. Backlund had two assists in Saturday's 4-2 win over Edmonton to give him 14 points in 21 matches this season.
Feb 2 - 1:29 PM

Mikael Backlund found the back of the net in Calgary's 4-1 win against Arizona.

Backlund is on a four-game goal scoring streak. He has five goals and 10 points in 15 games this season.
Source: Calgary Sun
Jan 16 - 8:58 AM

Mikael Backlund has three goals and five points in three games since returning from abdominal surgery.

Backlund missed over two months due to the injury. "Backs has been really good," head coach Bob Hartley said. "We’re always talking about guys returning from injury. It's kind of the unknown. With Backs, it has been only positives." Although his hot streak is certainly noteworthy and might persist for a little while longer, Backlund shouldn't be counted on to get more than 25 points in Calgary's final 39 contests.
Source: Calgary Sun
Jan 12 - 10:42 AM

Mikael Backlund scored the only goal in the Flames’ 1-0 win over the Canucks on Saturday night.

It came off a neutral zone turnover by the Canucks. Backlund converted a David Jones pass that squeaked by Eddie Lack. Backlund now has goals in three consecutive games, to up his totals to four and nine points in 14 games. Johnny Gaudreau got the other assist.
Jan 11 - 1:07 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Sean Monahan
2Mikael Backlund
3Matt Stajan
4Markus Granlund
5Sam Bennett
LW1Johnny Gaudreau
2Mason Raymond
3Lance Bouma
4Brandon Bollig
RW1Jiri Hudler
2Michael Frolik
3Josh Jooris
4David Jones
5Joe Colborne
6Micheal Ferland
D1Mark Giordano
2T.J. Brodie
3Dennis Wideman
4Dougie Hamilton
5Kris Russell
6Ladislav Smid
7Deryk Engelland
G1Jonas Hiller
2Karri Ramo