Flames re-sign Anton Babchuk

The blueliner has signed a two-year deal with the club

Monday, 04.07.2011 / 3:09 PM / News
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Flames re-sign Anton Babchuk
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.

ANTON BABCHUK - DEFENSE

BORN: Kiev, Ukraine DATE: May 6, 1984
HEIGHT: 6’5” WEIGHT: 202 lbs.
SHOOTS: Right
DRAFTED: CHI 1st round (21st overall) in the 2002 NHL Draft
HOW ACQUIRED: Traded from Carolina along with Tom Kostopoulos in exchange for Ian White and Brett Sutter on November 17, 2010.

Season
 Team
 League
GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2002-03
 Kazan Ak-Bars
 Russia
10 0 0 0 4 -1 -- -- -- -- --
2002-03
 St. Petersburg SKA
 Russia
20 3 0 3 10 -2 -- -- -- -- --
2003-04
 Norfolk Admirals
 AHL
73 8 14 22 89 9 8 0 2 2 6
2003-04
 Chicago Blackhawks
 NHL
5 0 2 2 2 -1 -- -- -- -- --
2004-05
 Norfolk Admirals
 AHL
66 8 16 24 88 -15 2 0 0 0 2
2005-06
 Norfolk Admirals
 AHL
24 5 7 12 22 0 -- -- -- -- --
2005-06
 Chicago Blackhawks
 NHL
17 2 3 5 16 -5 -- -- -- -- --
2005-06
 Carolina Hurricanes
 NHL
22 3 2 5 6 -2 -- -- -- -- --
2005-06
 Lowell Lock Monsters
 AHL
5 1 3 4 0 -1 -- -- -- -- --
2006-07
 Carolina Hurricanes
 NHL
52 2 12 14 30 -6 -- -- -- -- --
2006-07
 Albany River Rats
 AHL
9 1 6 7 2 0 -- -- -- -- --
2007-08
 Omsk Avangard
 Russia
57 9 15 24 30 4 1 1 2 6
2008-09
 Carolina Hurricanes
 NHL
72 16 19 35 16 13 13 0 1 1 10
2009-10
 Omsk Avangard
 KHL
49 9 13 22 36 17 2 0 0 0 0
2010-11
 Carolina Hurricanes
 NHL
17 3 5 8 12 -4 -- -- -- -- --
2010-11
 Calgary Flames
 NHL
65 8 19 27 20 18 -- -- -- -- --
 TOTALS
 NHL
250 34 62 96 102 13 13 0 1 1 10
 Russia
136 21 28 49 80 -- 6 1 1 2 6
AHL
177 23 46 69 201 -7 10 0 2 2 8