A brief analytic look at newest Flame Michael Stone

christian tiberi
February 20 2017 04:30PM

By now, you've heard the news. The Flames have acquired Coyotes defenceman Michael Stone, paying a third round pick and a conditional 2018 fifth. 

Certainly a surprising move. The Flames, having already snagged Matt Bartkowski earlier this week, are now at eight defencemen that all require waivers. Stone wasn't really expected or necessary, considering that the Flames have about two or three other guys on the team that can do what he does. 

So what did the team see in Stone, and what are they hoping to get? Find out after the jump.

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Coyotes trade Stone to Flames for picks

Zach Laing
February 20 2017 02:20PM

Michael Stone is now a Calgary Flame. 

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What's wrong with Johnny Gaudreau?

Kent Wilson
February 20 2017 12:00PM

It's been a rough season for the Flames' most dangerous player. 

With 11 goals and 35 points in 49 games, Gaudreau is on track to put up his worst goal per game (0.22) and points per game (0.71) pace since entering the league. He has just two goals in his last 22 contests and was recently demoted the fourth line for a few periods after a poor turnover that led to a goal against. On top of all that, he's an unsightly -18. 

A lot of theories have cropped up to explain Gaudreau's struggles. Eric Francis and Brian McGrattan suggested the team isn't tough enough to protect Gaudreau, leading to less scoring. Many fans have pointed to Glen Gulutzan as the culprit, with the notion that the new bench boss' systems are suppressing his stars' scoring. I've also seen the theory that the league has "adapted" to Gaudreau and he has to find new ways to generate points or that the player suffers from off-ice issues.

Out of curiosity, I took a look at Gaudreau's numbers to see what they could reveal. Have his coach or teammates somehow failed him, leading to fewer chances and shots? Has the league figured out how to keep Gaudreau away from the dangerous areas? Is he partying too much?

Spoiler alert: Probably not.   

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The Nation Notebook: Lucic's struggles, Crosby's 1000th, and the Trade Dudline

Christian Pagnani
February 20 2017 11:00AM

NNNotebook

The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don't quite deserve their own article. 

Where have all the trades gone? By this time last year, we had already seen multiple deals happen. Also, Sidney Crosby scored his 1000th point in just his 757th career game, prompting debate as to whether he's been under-appreciated as a generational talent. 

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Calgary's likely expansion targets

Pat Steinberg
February 20 2017 10:00AM

The recent signing of Matt Bartkowski by the Calgary Flames has shone the light on June's expansion draft once again. As general manager Brad Treliving has confirmed, the team absolutely signed Bartkowksi with the expansion draft in mind as he meets the criteria of a blueliner they'd have to expose. So, it got me thinking: who would Vegas most likely target from the Flames roster come June? I came up with my top three.

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