NHL Hockey

Flames extend captain Backlund 2 years

(AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Mikael Backlund signed a two-year, $9-million extension with the Calgary Flames and was named captain, the team announced Wednesday.

Backlund would have become an unrestricted free agent next summer without an extension.

The 34-year-old center from Sweden posted a career year in 2022-23 with 56 points (19 goals, 37 assists) in 82 games.


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