Flames sign Michael Stone to one year, two-way deal ($750K)
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By Ryan Pike3 months ago
For the fifth time in his National Hockey League career, the Calgary Flames have signed Michael Stone. The club announced on Tuesday that they’ve signed Stone to a one year, two-way deal for the 2022-23 season that carries a $750,000 cap hit at the NHL level.
Stone, 32, originally joined the Flames in February 2017 after a trade prior to that season’s trade deadline. He then signed a three-year deal (2017-20), had that deal bought out for cap reasons after two seasons, then signed a one-year deal later that off-season after Juuso Valimaki blew out his knee (2019-20), then another one-year deal (2020-21), another one-year deal (2021-22) and yet another one-year deal (2022-23).
What can we say about Stone? He’s always been reliable two-way depth, and he’s got a good shot that makes him useful in spot duty on the power play. His overall game is a little limited these days, but he’s a really savvy veteran who may be the ideal seventh defender based on his smarts, capabilities, cap hit and maturity.
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