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Flames re-sign Anton Babchuk

05-07-11 10:05:08

The 27-year-old played in 65 games with Calgary last season after coming over in a trade from Carolina along with Tom Kostopoulos.

Babchuk totalled 11 goals and 24 assists and was a team high plus-14 with the Flames. He added eight points (3-5) in 17 games with Carolina.
The deal will pay Babchuk $2.5 million a year.
"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," Flames general manager Jay Feaster said in a release.
"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."

Over his 250 career NHL games the Kyiv native has 34 goals for 94 point — his best year came in 2008-09 with the Hurricanes where he scored 16 goals in 72 games.
During the 2007-08 season, Babchuk played in Russia with Omsk Avangard in the KHL, where he posted a modest nine goals for 24 points in 57 games.

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