The Calgary Flames have brought back one of their key defencemen from the 2010-11 National Hockey League season.
On Monday, according to TSN, the Flames announced that Anton Babchuk had signed a two year deal worth $5 million.
Babchuk, a 27 year-old native of Kiev, Ukraine, had eleven goals and 24 assists in 82 games with the Carolina Hurricanes and Calgary Flames in 2010-11. He was traded to the Flames with checking right winger Tom Kostopoulos for defenceman Ian White and Brett Sutter on November 17.
It looks like the Flames got the better part of that deal. Babchuk and Kostopoulos have become integral parts to the Flames’ hockey club, while White moved to San Jose and then Detroit.
It has been interesting that the Flames have been quiet compared to their provincial rivals, the Edmonton Oilers in signing unrestricted free agents from other teams.
That said, the Flames have been pretty successful in signing unrestricted free agents from their own 2010-11 roster. To date, they have re-signed goaltender Henrik Karlsson, and forwards Alex Tanguay and Curtis Glencross. The Dallas Stars signed defenceman Adam Pardy away from Calgary on Friday. Flames that remain unrestricted free agents are forwards Fredrik Modin and Brendan Morrison and defenceman Steve Staios.