Flames Rumors: Contract Extension "Heating Up" For Key Player

Contract extension discussions between the Calgary Flames and their veteran center, Mikael Backlund, are gaining momentum, as reported by the Calgary Sun.

Backlund, a 34-year-old poised to become an unrestricted free agent next July, has expressed his openness to re-signing with the team.

The veteran forward is coming off the best season of his career, recording 19 goals and 56 total points over 82 games played, along with a fantastic +24 plus/minus rating.

While the negotiations have been relatively quiet, both sides are exploring the possibility of an extension.

Over his 15-year career, spent entirely with the Flames, Backlund has amassed 185 goals and 492 total points across 908 games played.

What adds an extra layer of intrigue to these talks is the potential for Backlund to assume the captaincy role.

Backlund's teammates reportedly support him as a strong candidate for this leadership position, and the Flames are planning to announce their new captain before the season opener on October 11.

This impending decision could also serve as a pivotal deadline for finalizing Backlund's contract extension, leaving Flames fans eagerly anticipating news about his continued role in the team's future.

He's a former first-round pick (24th overall) by the Flames in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Photo Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports