Agent Jay Grossman, who represents defenseman Anton Babchuk, writes on Twitter the defenseman is nearing completion on a two-year contract with the Calgary Flames.
Spector’s Note: I’ll have more analysis once the deal is complete. The Flames needed to add another veteran defenseman after shipping out Robyn Regehr to Buffalo during the entry draft weekend. It’ll be interesting to see how much the Flames pay him.
**UPDATE** The salary is $2.5 million per season, pushing the Flames to over $60.4 million invested in 21 players. He struggled in his early weeks with the Flames after joining them in an early season trade with Carolina, but by the time the season finished, Babchuk was one of their better blueliners, with 27 points and a plus-minus of +18 in 65 games. He’ll likely see considerable work as a top-four d-man in Calgary over the next couple of years.