Calgary, AB – The Arizona Coyotes have traded defenceman Michael Stone to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft and a conditional fifth-rounder in 2018, according to Bob McKenzie.
The Flames will only have to give up the conditional pick if Stone re-signs in Calgary. The Coyotes will retain half of his salary — Stone, 26, has scored one goal and added eight assists in 45 games with the Coyotes this season, he is earning US$4-million on a one-year deal — for the remainder of this season.
This pickup could provide the Flames with some depth, for that final playoff push.. and worst comes to worse they expose him at the expansion draft and we don’t lose guys like Giordano, D. Hamilton, Brodie, etc.
Calgary is a team that has struggled with the back end all year, and with Dennis Wideman’s contract coming to an end after a terrible season, and the recent signing of Matt Bartkowski maybe the Flames can turn it around.
More details to follow.