Friday, February 16, 2018
Recent Contract Extensions (Feb 16)
28-year old Swede Mikael Backlund could have become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but the Calgary Flames saw to it, that it wouldn't become an issue, signing the centre to a new long-term deal on Friday night. The deal is reported as a 6-year deal, worth $32.1 million, which works out to be a $5.35 million in each of those seasons.
This season, Backlund is currently ranked 153rd in hockey pool scoring, with 10 goals and 34 points in 58 games played, which isn't stellar numbers for getting paid, but many perceive him to be a very good two-way centre and his game is a very good 200-foot game.
With Backlund signed on for next season, the Flames could fill a 23-man roster, which still has about $5.9 million in cap space, before any other bonuses and/or buyouts come into play. There's some definite play in their math this coming summer, but they'll have some work to do.