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Brendan Morrison scored nine goals and 34 assists in 66 games for the Flames last season. ((Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press))

The Calgary Flames are bringing back some veteran leadership.

On Friday, the team announced the re-signing of forward Brendan Morrison to a one-year, $1.25 million US deal.

Flames general manager Jay Feaster said Morrison brings intangibles to the dressing room, citing his experience as a major bonus.

"Not only did Brendan fill a number of important roles for us on the ice last season, but he was also a very valuable veteran presence in our locker room," Feaster said in a statement. "His versatility, hockey sense and ability to fill so many roles throughout our lineup make him an important contributor, and we value his role as one of our on- and off-ice leaders.

"He made it clear throughout last season and again this summer that he wanted to be back with the Flames because he believes in the direction we are headed, and he believes in his teammates." 

The Pitt Meadows, B.C., native's season ended in March after suffering a knee injury for which he had off-season surgery, meaning he may not be ready for training camp for the 2011-12 campaign.

He scored nine goals and 34 assists in 66 contests for the Flames last year.

Morrison has played in 856 career NHL games, scoring 196 goals and 394 assists.

Originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the second round of the 1993 NHL draft, the 35-year-old has played for the Devils, the Vancouver Canucks, Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, Washington Capitals and Flames during his career.