The Flames announced today that they have signed free agent defenceman Michael Stone to a one year, two-way deal worth $700,000. Stone, a nine year NHL veteran, will be in his 5th campaign with Calgary. He’s played in 148 games with the Flames since arriving during the 2016-17 season.
This signing is clearly a depth move as Stone isn’t someone the Flames can or will utilize as an everyday defenceman. In his time with Calgary, Stone has been a bottom defence pairing player and will most likely end up in Stockton, rather than in Calgary. He will be battling for call up minutes with Oliver Kylington as Juuso Valimaki and Nikita Nesterov are currently anchoring that final blue line pairing.
Stone was drafted in the third round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes and made his NHL debut in 2011-12. Over his career, Michael Stone has played in 472 games, scored 31 goals and collected 93 assists. His best year in Calgary came in 2017-18 where he played in all 82 regular season games and had 10 points.
by Mark Parkinson