Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Flames acquire D Stone from Arizona for a third-round and conditional pick

The Calgary Flames added some defensive depth on Monday, acquiring Arizona Coyotes Michael Stone for a third round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft as well as a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2018 draft that hinges upon whether or not Stone signs with the Flames in the off-season.

Not everybody loves this deal.

But some are hopeful:

Stone had an NHL career-high 36 points in 75 games last season before he tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee in game against the Philadelphia Flyers on March 26, 2016. He had reconstructive surgery last April. After signing a one-year, $4 million deal this summer to play for Arizona, Stone has struggled. He has a goal and eight assists in 45 games this season.

Here's what Flames GM Brad Treliving said about the deal, per NHL.com:

"He's a right-shot defenseman, which are hard to come by, and he can do a lot of things," Treliving said. "He can play on both sides of special teams. Mike's probably going through one of his toughest years. He came back from a real serious knee injury. Those things are hard to come back from. When we looked at our team, one of the things we tried to do was to see if we could add depth to our blue line."