Mikael Backlund rejoins his old Swedish team

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Mikael Backlund signed a one-year, $725,000 deal with the Calgary Flames over the summer, but like so many others, he’s making alternate arrangements for the duration of the lockout.

Backlund has decided to join Vasteras IK, according to the team’s website. He spent years with Vasteras IK before making the transition to North American hockey.

They’re currently playing in the HockeyAllsvenskan, which is the second tier of Swedish hockey.

Backlund had four goals and 11 points in 41 games last season, but the Flames are hoping that he’s capable of more. When Flames GM Jay Feaster re-signed him, Feaster said Backlund had “an opportunity to step up and attempt to secure a top two-line center position with our club.”

Presumably he’ll still get a chance to fight for that spot when the lockout ends.