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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Center of Attention

Pat Steinberg
July 05 2010 04:19PM

 

EDMONTON, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 23: Daymond Langkow #22 of the Calgary Flames looks on during the game against the Edmonton Oilers on September 23, 2009 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)

 

When Calgary Flames GM spoke on Friday morning, many were interested in his take on his signing of Olli Jokinen, and how he'd heard only positive response.  But as people digested and opined on Sutter's decision to re-sign the former Flame, I was more interested in the GM's take on another center: Daymond Langkow.

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Ian White Files for Salary Arbitration

Kent Wilson
July 05 2010 04:08PM

WASHINGTON - MARCH 28: Ian White #3 of the Calgary Flames handles the puck against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on March 28, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

 

Word came down today that Ian White has indeed filed for salary arbitration. This is no surprise around here given the fact that Bob and I engaged in a mock arbitration for White awhile back. I took the Flames side and for those too lazy to read the link - my arguments were a lot tougher to come by. White was fed some of the easiest starting positions in the league by the Maple Leafs last year and it goosed his ES scoring totals to career best heights. The favorable comps for the White camp were many, whilst the negative comps were few. 

As such, there's chance final decided upon salary won't really be in Calgary's "favor". The options for the Flames once the arbitrator rules is to accept the deal or walk away, allowing White to become a free agent. Expect Sutter to do the former. 

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Work Remains

Kent Wilson
July 05 2010 09:21AM

 

 

 

After the flurry of activity this past long weekend, the Flames appear to have their roster more or less set heading into the new season. Appearances may be deceiving, however. According to Cap Geek, Calgary has $1.15M in cap space remaining, with 12 forwards, 7 defenders and two goalies signed. One of those forwards is Ales Kotalik. The back-end lacks Ian White, who remains a restricted free agent.

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Flames Additions Analysis

Kent Wilson
July 02 2010 10:53AM

UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Alex Tanguay #13 of the Tampa Bay Lightning warms up before playing against the New York Islanders on February 13, 2010 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

 

Now that the dust has settled on yesterday and the madness is over, it's time to take an objective look at the pieces the Flames picked up. I'll endeavor to eject my sour feelings (which I've obviously made quite clear) over the Jokinen debacle in this analysis and let the data do the talking instead. I'll also take stock of the Flames new situation moving forward.

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