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The Calgary Flames want Oliver Kylington back.

The feeling appears to be mutual.

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With the Swedish defenceman set to become an unrestricted free agent in July, GM Craig Conroy indicated that the Flames will look to get talks on a contract extension started soon.

Kylington missed most of the last two seasons while he attended to his mental health, but returned to the Flames earlier this year and quickly became an important member of the team’s blue line.

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“First, just to have him back playing was special,” Conroy said. “Oli said today that he wants to continue to play hockey, which is the thing we wanted to hear. We’ll be talking to (agent J.P. Barry) and seeing where this goes down in the next month or so.

“For me personally, just to see him back playing from where he was a couple years ago to where he is now, I’m just so excited for him.”

Kylington finished the season with three goals and eight assists in 33 games, but saw his playing time gradually increase after the trade deadline to the point where he was regularly playing more than 20 minutes per game.

At 26 years old, his best years as a pro are ahead of him, and he wants to remain with the Flames, too.

“I want to stay, I like it here and I have interest to be here,” Kylington said. “I’ll let my agents and the business side of things take care of itself, but I think I’ve been clear with how I like Calgary and how I want to get back with my play. Let’s see what happens.”

Forward A.J. Greer also spoke about his desire to stay in Calgary.

The fourth-line winger was picked up off waivers from the Boston Bruins at the end of training camp and provided a physical spark in the lineup for the first few months of the season before breaking his foot in mid-January.

Greer returned to the lineup in mid-March but told reporters on Friday that he was essentially playing on a broken foot. He reiterated that he would like to stay with the Flames.

“Couldn’t ask for more from what he did with us this year,” Conroy said. “We’ve talked to AJ and his representation but again we want to sit down and have our meetings and see where we’re at but he was great. He came in and gave us everything we wanted, gave us that physical presence.”

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