In a recent interview with Expressen (translated into English via Google translate), Mikael Backlund, a veteran player for the Calgary Flames who is rumored to be concerned about sticking with the organization, expressed his willingness to return for the upcoming season. While there have been reports suggesting that Backlund is unlikely to sign another contract with the Flames, his comments indicate that he has not completely ruled out the possibility of staying with the team.

Backlund, who has been with the Flames for 14 seasons, acknowledged the uncertainty surrounding his future at the club. He stated, “I’m ready to come back and play the season, and if it goes great, I might want to extend after the season. If it doesn’t go well, we’ll see what happens.” These remarks come amidst rumors that the organization is considering trading Backlund to avoid losing him as a free agent at the end of the upcoming season.