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Calgary Flames signed Mikael Backlund (2 Years / $4,500,000 AAV)

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Sep. 27, 2023 at 4:13 p.m.
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Mikael Backlund has signed a new contract with the Calgary Flames.
35+ Contract (Extension)
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SIGNED BY: Craig Conroy
Length: 2 years
Value: $9,000,000
Expiry Status: UFA
Cap % Tooltip: 5.39
Signing Team: Logo of the Calgary FlamesCalgary Flames
Signing Date: Sep. 27, 2023
Source: CapFriendly

Mikael Backlund signed a 2 year, $9,000,000 contract with the Calgary Flames on Sep. 27, 2023. The contract has a cap hit of $4,500,000.

SEASONClauseCap HitTooltipAAV TooltipP. BonusesTooltipS. BonusesTooltipBase SalaryTooltipTotal SalaryTooltipMinors SalTooltip
2024-25NMC$4,500,000$4,500,000$0$0$4,500,000$4,500,000$4,500,000
2025-26M-NTC, NMC$4,500,000$4,500,000$0$0$4,500,000$4,500,000$4,500,000
TOTAL$9,000,000$9,000,000$0$0$9,000,000$9,000,000$9,000,000
CLAUSE DETAILS: NMC throughout | Modified-NTC (15 team no-trade list) begins Jan 1, 2026
Sep. 27, 2023 at 4:15 p.m.
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Nice deal for the soon-to-be captain.
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Sep. 27, 2023 at 4:17 p.m.
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this could convince some other guys to stay good deal tho
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Sep. 27, 2023 at 4:17 p.m.
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Dam was right on the ball with this one lul

Figured it was gonna be something like this should have posted that team

Now its Lindholm's turn
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Sep. 27, 2023 at 4:24 p.m.
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Sure it's a good keep
Sep. 27, 2023 at 4:25 p.m.
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Good stuff, still not sure what the Flames identity will be. I'm sure Huby is going to bounce back in a big way, but what about the rest of your core? Hopefully this is an indication that Lindholm could be sticking around
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Sep. 27, 2023 at 4:31 p.m.
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W signing by Conroy.
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Sep. 27, 2023 at 4:32 p.m.
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Does he get any NTC protection?
Sep. 27, 2023 at 4:33 p.m.
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and proud of it
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Good signing. Good luck Flames!
Sep. 27, 2023 at 4:34 p.m.
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Terms Iffy (he'll be 37 at contract expiry), but he's the new captain and he actually wants to be there, so I don't think anybody should complain.
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Sep. 27, 2023 at 4:35 p.m.
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It's basically solid 3C money for his 35+ years so it's good value for both parties and provides stability to a franchise that really needs it.

Flames have all the distractions behind them now and have the talent and depth to be a playoff contender. If they put it together for the full season, it will be really hard for the Central Division to claim either of the wildcard spots.
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Sep. 27, 2023 at 4:36 p.m.
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I have my reservations on this one TBH... But does this mean hockey's officially back?
Sep. 27, 2023 at 4:40 p.m.
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Great deal for the team! Backlund has been underrated his whole career, glad someone is staying there! Hopefully can get others to stay with him!
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Sep. 27, 2023 at 4:53 p.m.
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Here's the problem. Last season was his best offensive season... ever. If he slips below 40 points like he had the previous season, then this is not going to look good.
Sep. 27, 2023 at 5:02 p.m.
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Here's the problem. Last season was his best offensive season... ever. If he slips below 40 points like he had the previous season, then this is not going to look good.


Nah, even if he's like 15 goals, 35 points, he still provides insane value. Over his career he's been a consistently great defensive forward, with an offensive impact somewhere from above average to great depending on the year.
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Sep. 27, 2023 at 5:17 p.m.
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Maybe one year too long – it’s a 3-year commitment since there’s still one year left on his current deal – but he still seems to be at the top of his game, and his value to this team goes beyond the numbers he puts up, so I’m ok with it, especially if it helps them convince Lindholm to stay. (He’s the only other one I consider high priority. The other pending UFAs can be replaced if they don’t want to stay.)
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Sep. 27, 2023 at 6:13 p.m.
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This is huge for us Flames fans. The man (who has been a very solid player for us for a long time) has been rumoured to be wanting out all summer and now he signs an extension and is named captain. Maybe now Lindholm and even Hanifin will decide to follow Back’s footsteps and stick around for a while.
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Sep. 27, 2023 at 6:13 p.m.
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It seems like a fair deal for what Backlund brings. It's also more important than just the boxcars and AAV. Keeping Backlund should encourage guys like Lindholm and Hanafin to consider resigning. If the lost Backlund the team would lose a big part of it's identity and they're having a hard enough time figuring out what that identity is in the first place
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Sep. 27, 2023 at 6:17 p.m.
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Quoting: Claesson4Norris
Nah, even if he's like 15 goals, 35 points, he still provides insane value. Over his career he's been a consistently great defensive forward, with an offensive impact somewhere from above average to great depending on the year.


I agree, something like what Conroy was.
Sep. 27, 2023 at 6:19 p.m.
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Great deal for the team! Backlund has been underrated his whole career, glad someone is staying there! Hopefully can get others to stay with him!


He has been consistently great defensively too throughout his whole career! Very underrated indeed
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Sep. 27, 2023 at 7:46 p.m.
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Edited Sep. 27, 2023 at 9:06 p.m.
It’s a bit rich, I’d have preferred $3-4mil/yr (I mean Jordan Staal signed $2.9mil and Joe Pavelski signed for $3.5mil), but that’s what it seems to take for Calgary to sign guys lately and the Cap is expected to go up next season, so it should be fine

Backlund did come in 2nd in Fitness, so he’s still dedicated and in great shape for his age and the Team already recognized him as the Captain, so it’s nice to get it done and formalize his Captaincy

Give Backlund & Mangiapane a more offensively focussed Winger like Huberdeau’s, Dube, Sharangovich, Pelletier or Coronato and he should put up 0.67+ PPG again; perhaps he has another career year
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Sep. 27, 2023 at 8:47 p.m.
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Quoting: HockeyScotty
It's basically solid 3C money for his 35+ years so it's good value for both parties and provides stability to a franchise that really needs it.

Flames have all the distractions behind them now and have the talent and depth to be a playoff contender. If they put it together for the full season, it will be really hard for the Central Division to claim either of the wildcard spots.



$4.5 million is a lot of a 3c.
Sep. 27, 2023 at 9:59 p.m.
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$4.5 million is a lot of a 3c.


I see that changing going forward with cap increases Many 3C contracts that have been signed over the past year that extend into the future are in the $3 to $5 mil range.

Minimum $3 mil for a decent 3C. Backlund is a 2C playing 3C and provides leadership kinda like Jordan Staal in Carolina's deal that just expired.
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Sep. 28, 2023 at 6:15 a.m.
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First good move by Conroy. Hope this will be a sign for things to come
Sep. 28, 2023 at 8:34 a.m.
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Good signing for Calgary. A realistic price for Backlund.

He for sure could of got more on the open market.
 
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