Flames bring back Lombardi, Nilson

The Calgary Flames re-signed forwards Matthew Lombardi and Marcus Nilson to multi-year deals, the club announced Friday.

The Calgary Flames re-signed forwards Matthew Lombardi and Marcus Nilson to multi-year deals, the club announced Friday.

Lombardi agreed to a three-year extension, and Nilsonreceived atwo-year pact.

The Flames hope 25-year-old Lombardi can build on his most successful NHL season, as well as an impressive performance at the recent world championships in Russia.

The speedy Lombardi had 20 goals and 26 assists for the Flames, his highest totals in a three-year pro career.

At the world championships, Lombardi led all Canadian scorers with 12 points (six goals, six assists) as the team won the gold medal.

The centre, who played for Victoriaville in the Quebec juniors, was drafted in 2000 by Edmonton, but re-entered the draft after failing to come to terms with the Oilers. Calgary took him in the third round in the 2002 draft.

Nilson had five goals and 10 assists in 63 games in a checking role for the club. The 29-year-old was acquired from the Florida Panthers late in the 2004 season.

In 474 career NHL regular-season games, Nilson has tallied 64 goals and 99 assists.

The Swede was selected 20th overall by Florida in the 1996 draft.