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Flames sign Michael Stone (one year, $750,000 AAV)

The Calgary Flames have signed right-handed defenceman Michael Stone to a one-year contract worth $750,000, the club announced Friday afternoon.

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This is Stone’s fourth contract with the Flames. The 31-year-old blueliner appeared in 22 games with the team in 2020–21, tallying four points (two goals, two assists) and averaging 16:05 of ice-time.

In 493 games over 10 seasons with the Flames and Arizona/Phoenix Coyotes, Stone has scored 128 points (33 goals, 95 assists) while averaging 18:45.

Stone had a slight renaissance season with Calgary in 2020–21, contributing 4.0 goals above replacement (according to Evolving-Hockey) after falling well into the negatives in each of the previous three campaigns.

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Stone has played parts of five seasons in Calgary. After being traded to the team in 2017, he signed a three-year extension with the club but was bought out in 2019 following a lengthy absence due to a blood clot.

He signed another, cheaper deal with the Flames that summer and has since signed two more league-minimum contracts in Calgary.