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Backlund inks new deal with Flames

Calgary Flames forward Mikael Backlund (11) carries the puck during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center.
Mikael Backlund signed on for two more years in Calgary.
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CALGARY, Alberta (AP)

The Calgary Flames have signed center Mikael Backlund to a two-year, $3 million contract.

Backlund, a first-round pick by Calgary in the 2007 draft, played 32 games with the Flames last season.

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He had eight goals and eight assists but struggled with injuries. Backlund missed four weeks with a sprained knee ligament and sustained a foot fracture near the end of the season.

In 170 career NHL games with the Flames, Backlund has 23 goals and 39 assists.

''Mikael really stepped up last season and took advantage of the change in direction under a new coaching staff,'' Flames general manager Jay Feaster said in a statement. ''If it wasn't for his injury we believe he would have progressed even further in his development.''

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