Flames re-sign defenceman Michael Stone to 3-year contract

Jun 30 2017, 8:44 pm

The Calgary Flames continue to make noise ahead of the opening of free agency on July 1.

After trading for Eddie Lack and placing Lance Bouma and Ryan Murphy on waivers for purposes of buying them out, they secured one of their own on Friday.

Defenceman Michael Stone will return to Calgary, signing a three-year contract that carries a $3.5 million cap hit. If left unsigned, he would have become an unrestricted free agent on Saturday.

On one hand, it’s a bit of a curious move by the Flames, who already have four blueliners signed to significant dollars after the acquisition of Travis Hamonic last week. On the other hand, Stone is just one year removed from a 36-point season with the Coyotes.

Calgary gave up a third round pick to get him in February, and with the re-signing will also surrender a 2018 fifth rounder as part of the condition of the trade.

Stone had six points (2-4-6) in 19 games with the Flames after the trade, averaging 18:51 of ice time.

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