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Three-year Flames contract for draftee Baertschi

Sven Baertschi puts on a Calgary Flames jersey after being picked in the first round at the 2011...

Sven Baertschi puts on a Calgary Flames jersey after being picked in the first round at the 2011 NHL hockey draft in St.Paul, Minnesota, June 24, 2011. (REUTERS/Eric Miller)

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:29 PM ET

Sven Baertschi isn't going to get away from the Calgary Flames.

Weeks after the Tim Erixon incident, when the Flames' first-round pick of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft refused to sign up before the deadline, forcing GM Jay Feaster to trade his rights to the New York Rangers at the 11th hour, the Flames made sure their top pick of 2011 was going to be sticking around.

Baertschi, the 13th overall selection this summer, signed an entry-level deal at the Don Hartman Northeast Sportsplex Tuesday afternoon.

The talented Swiss sniper will earn $925,000 per season for three years, but with bonuses the cap hit is $1.45 million at the NHL level.

"From an organizational perspective, it is important we demonstrate our committment to our young prospects and Sven is one of our highest first-round picks in many years," said Feaster.

"We saw no reason to delay getting him signed, and we began discussing a contract with his agent immediately following the draft.

"We are very pleased to welcome him to the Flames family."

Baertschi played 66 games with the WHL Portland Winterhawks last season, scoring 34 goals and 85 points to lead all rookies in every offensive category. He added 10 goals and 27 points in 22 playoff games, which was good enough for second in WHL playoff scoring.

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