Flames Sign Ex-Oiler Ryan Stone

Kent Wilson
July 06 2010 06:41PM

EDMONTON, AB - OCTOBER 3:  Center Ryan Stone #32 of the Edmonton Oilers checking defenseman Mark Giordano #5 of the Calgary Flames into the bench in the second period during an NHL game on October 3, 2009 at Rexall Arena in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Jimmy Jeong/Getty Images)

According to TSN, the Flames have inked Calgarian and former Edmonton Oiler Ryan Stone to a one year, two-way deal. The 25 year old has been a journeyman NHLer, having appeared in just 35 games in parts of three seasons. Stone has yet to score an NHL goal and has middling results in the AHL.

On the positive side, Stone is big, aggresive and veteran help for the increasingly young Abbotsford Heat. Some  may consider Stone to be in the running for the 4th line centerman role on the Flames, but the same was said of Jason Jaffray last year. My guess is Stone is AHLer fodder unless severe injuries hit.

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#1 RossCreekNation
July 06 2010, 06:46PM
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Stone is capable, but not a great skater... lacks speed... have my doubts he'll be a regular.

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#2 Casey
July 06 2010, 06:47PM
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So to sum up: Jaffray 2.0

Four years younger, less offense, more injury prone, and half the AHL salary?

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#3 Section 216
July 06 2010, 06:50PM
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Meh Depth with NHL experience can't hurt.

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#4 Jonathan Willis
July 06 2010, 08:26PM
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The Flames just signed a heck of a good hockey player. He was snakebit last year, but he can play - and he adds that lovely physical element too.

The Oilers ought to have brought him back.

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#6 Pat Steinberg
July 06 2010, 08:41PM
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I like the signing, if only for the reason that we saw last year there is a value in a guy that can step in from the AHL and not have to be baby-gloved the entire way.

Jamie Lundmark did have value at times last season...so maybe Stone can play a similar role if needed.

Or maybe not.

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#7 RossCreekNation
July 06 2010, 10:02PM
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@Kent Wilson

Stone played W with the Oil. Prob not an NHL calibre C.

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#8 Section 216
July 06 2010, 10:11PM
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Well with this signing I can very well see Conroy not getting resigned.

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#9 SmellOfVictory
July 07 2010, 12:33AM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Stone played W with the Oil. Prob not an NHL calibre C.

Sweet. Maybe we can put him on the 4th line instead of one of the pylons.

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#10 SmellOfVictory
July 07 2010, 12:34AM
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It was just today that I realized where I recognized Ivanans from, watching games against the Kings, and a surge of disgust shot through my loins.

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#12 UltimateFlamesFan
July 07 2010, 04:01PM
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I went to school with his brother Colin Stone. lol. Wish him luck!!

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