When the Flames acquired Anton Babchuk from the Carolina Hurricanes in November, they had visions that he would be a stabilizing force on their blue line. He proceeded to impress them so much during his 65 games in Calgary that they decided to reward him with a new deal.
The Flames inked Babchuk to a two-year deal worth $5 million on Sunday, according to TSN.ca.
Calgary general manager Jay Feaster said that he is pleased with the chemistry that Babchuk has brought to the team.
"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," he said.
Feaster also believes the veteran defenseman will be able to improve his offensive output in Calgary's system.
Babchuk, 27, was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round (21st overall) of the 2002 NHL draft.