Flames bring back defenceman Nikita Zadorov on two-year deal

Calgary Flames defenceman Nikita Zadorov skates with the puck against the Dallas Stars during the first period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

The Calgary Flames have re-signed defenceman Nikita Zadorov to a two-year contract with a $3.75 million annual cap hit.

Zadorov appeared in 74 games for the Flames last season recording 22 points while averaging 16:55 minutes of ice time. He was second on the team with 181 hits and penalty minutes (77).

The Flames acquired the rights to Zadorov last season for a third-round pick and signed him to a one-year, $3.75 million deal.

In 485 career games with the Flames, Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche and Buffalo Sabres, Zadorov has 105 points. The 27-year-old Russian was drafted 16th overall by the Sabres in the 2013 NHL Draft.

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