Backlund will return to Calgary after suffering a concussion at the World Cup of Hockey.
Backlund suffered a concussion while representing Team Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey and he will return to Calgary where he will be reevaluated this week. The 27-year-old has had a tough time staying healthy during his career, but is coming off of a year where he played 82-games for the first time in his career. With two weeks before the start of the regular season, Backlund could be ready for opening night.
The Flames signed Sean Monahan to a seven-year contract worth $44.625 million ($6.375M AAV).
Monahan, 21, scored 27 goals with 36 assists for a career-high 63 points in 2015-16. The 2013 sixth overall pick has had an outstanding start to his NHL career—his 58 goals over the last two years is good for 16th in the NHL over that span. Monahan is easily a No.2 fantasy centre with No.1 upside.
The Flames re-signed Tyler Wotherspoon to a one-year deal.
Wotherspoon, 23, spent the majority of last season with Stockton (AHL), where he had 10 points (2G / 8A) in 53 games, but also appeared in 11 games with Calgary. Wotherspoon will likely start the 2016-17 campaign with Stockton, but will be one of the first defensemen recalled.
The Flames have signed Linden Vey to a one-year, two-way contract.
Vey, 24, was looking like a promising prospect in 2012 and 2013 after having huge seasons with the Kings AHL affiliate, but struggled once he was with the Canucks. In two seasons, Vey picked up just 14 goals and 25 assists (39 points) in 116 games. He will get a chance to crack the Flames roster in training camp, but could start the year with Stockton (AHL).
The Flames signed goaltender Chad Johnson to a one-year deal worth $1.7 million.
Johnson, 30, has moved around a tonne since being draft in 2006. After spending last year with the Sabres, Johnson has signed with the Flames, marking his sixth team in the last seven years. He was 22-16-1 with a 2.36 GAA and .920 SV% with Buffalo last season and joins Brian Elliott to form a brand new goaltending tandem in Calgary.
The Flames have signed Troy Brouwer to a four-year deal worth $18 million ($4.5M AAV).
Brouwer had 18 goals and 21 assists (39 points) in 82 games with the Blues last season after he was traded for T.J. Oshie in the offseason. He has only missed one game in the last five years while averaging 22 goals and 20 assists per 82 games over that span. He’ll bring some experience to an otherwise youthful top-6 that includes Sam Bennett, 20, Sean Monahan, 21, and Johnny Gaudreau, 22.
The Flames acquired Alex Chiasson from the Senators for Pat Sieloff. Chiasson signed a one-year deal with Calgary following the trade.
Chiasson, 25, struggled in two years with the Senators, collecting just 19 goals and 21 assists (40 points) in 153 games. The former second round pick (38th overall in 2009) was a key piece in the Jason Spezza trade, but has not been able to gain traction in the NHL.