The Calgary Flames are about to add some more depth to an already excellent defense corps, as Michael Stone has been recalled from his minor league conditioning stint. Stone spent three games with the Stockton Heat recording two points, and will now try to get his season back on track after a long absence.
With Stone back, the Flames now have nine defensemen with the NHL club that they can mix and match to give them the best lineup down the stretch. The 28-year old Stone played in all 82 games for the team last season, but has been limited to just 11 contests this year and has suited up for just one NHL game since October 25th. That kind of layoff won’t allow him to jump right back into a huge role, but his presence does give the team some additional options.
The Flames currently sit in first place in the Pacific Division, but are still battling with the San Jose Sharks who sit just a point behind (with a game in hand to boot). Securing that first spot is important if you want to avoid a first-round matchup with the Vegas Golden Knights, and the Flames will be well positioned to do so with the added depth on the back end. Calgary is back in action tomorrow night when they welcome the New Jersey Devils into town.