Flames re-sign Anton Babchuk
The blueliner has signed a two-year deal with the club
Monday, 04.07.2011 / 3:09 PM / News
CALGARY, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today the signing of defenceman Anton Babchuk.
"Anton Babchuk is a sound positional player on the back line and perhaps one of our most adept defenseman at pinching down the wall to keep the play alive in the offensive zone," said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. "Anton makes a good first pass, his shot is a big weapon for us on the power play, and he contributes to our offense without sacrificing his defensive responsibilities. He is a good teammate and a team-first guy. Even more exciting is our belief that Anton’s offensive output will continue to grow under Brent’s system. Our plan had been to have him return this season, and we are very pleased that we were able to come to an agreement that will keep him in Calgary."
Babchuk, a native of Kiev, Ukraine, played in 65 games with the Calgary Flames last season after coming over in a trade from Carolina along with Tom Kostopoulos on November 17, 2010. He totaled 11 goals, which was tied for 12th best in the NHL, 24 assists for 35 points and 32 penalty minutes and was a team high +14 during the 2010-11 season.
A former 1st round pick by Chicago in 2002, Babchuk has played 250 career NHL regular season games registering 34 goals and 62 assists for 96 points and 102 penalty minutes.
Contract terms: two year contract at $2,500,000 per season.