6:34 pm: CapFriendly reports the AHL salary for Stone’s two-way deal is $400K. He’s set to receive $450K guaranteed.
1:26 pm: As suggested by their placement of Nicolas Meloche on waivers today, the Calgary Flames have signed veteran defenseman Michael Stone to a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay him $750K in the NHL.
This is Stone’s fourth consecutive one-year deal with the Flames at the league minimum, following a buyout of his previous three-year contract with the club. He will continue a relationship with the organization that started in 2017 and become the latest player to convert his PTO.
It’s not like Stone has been a regular during that time. He has played just 79 regular season games over the last four seasons combined but during last year’s playoffs he showed exactly why it is so important to have capable veterans available. In nine postseason games, as the Flames dealt with injuries on the back end, Stone registered five points including two goals.
Adding him as the extra body makes sense, especially if he is fully healthy. The 32-year-old does have more than 500 games of NHL experience and a familiarity with the coaching staff, meaning he’ll be a useful piece to put in and out of the lineup as necessary.
Odd relationship that team and player have. We like you, but we could never love you. :D
@Gbear—That describes “The Bickersons”, perfectly! Except, John barely tolerates Blanche…and vice-versa… :)
@Gbear – That reminds me about Sirius/XM. Unless something changes in the next couple of days, NHL.com isn’t giving the peeps the option of listening to the satellite feeds in GameCenter, just semi-specific radio references at the bottom of the page. For those who care about the Bolts’ side, 102.5 FM refers to 102.5 “The Bone”, as documented on the TBL site. WEPN, of course, refers to 98.7 FM (ESPN), but they occasionally move the Rangers to 1050 AM.
The Brokenheart Kid
Odd it is, but it works, so whatever works, works, so leave it alone until it stops working. I don’t think the Flames want Stone playing a big chunk of the season as a replacement for a guy who is out for a few months, but for a few weeks, he has proven to be serviceable. Would like to see him get some serious PP time with the command to shoot.
@Mac – So that Sirius/XM deal is looking better now? ;)
Only down side to the app is that it runs about 3 minutes behind the live feed on the radio version. Still, access to every broadcast ain’t bad for about $10.00 a month. :)