Just before the trade deadline, the Calgary Flames and pending unrestricted free agent centre Mikael Backlund agreed to a six-year contract extension valued at $5.35 million a season.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 28, 2018
Now, why does that matter if you’re a Canucks fan? Because if Backlund didn’t sign that extension, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman believes he would’ve been a player that the Canucks would’ve tried to sign this summer.
10. I think Vancouver was disappointed Mikael Backlund re-signed with the Flames. He was going to be a Canuck target.
That’s something. I’ll say this much — I’m a big believer in Backlund’s game, and think that he’s an absolute steal at $5.35 annually even if the term is a bit rich. For a team with dreams of contention, that’s a great contract to have on the books.
What about the Canucks though? Is there a fit? I can’t say for certain. I lean towards avoiding players like Backlund in free agency and going after cheaper veterans on one-year deals that can be flipped for picks at the deadline. I don’t hate the idea either though.
Last week I asked: For your thoughts on the Canucks activity at the trade deadline