But some are hopeful:
The Calgary Flames desperately needed another functional defenseman. After trading for Michael Stone they.. still have that exact same need.— Dimitri Filipovic (@DimFilipovic) February 20, 2017
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:
Flames GM Brad Treliving said newly acquired RHD Michael Stone is "a style fit" who could end up playing w/TJ Brodie or Matt Bartkowski.— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) February 21, 2017
"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."