His possession numbers (43.3 percent Corsi in 64 games last season) are never really strong, but last year’s brutal minus-6.2 percent Corsi relative to his teammates in Calgary (in 19 games) isn’t the norm, and some of it could be chalked up to a shoulder injury he sustained.
He can play 20 minutes a night and was coming off a 36-point season with the Arizona Coyotes in the previous year. One assumes he can be better, and a decent insurance policy if one of the top four defensemen are injured.
But the real question about this Michael Stone signing by the Calgary Flames on Friday is whether he’s a nice depth defenseman at $3.5 million per season, which is down slightly from his $4 million AAV on a one-year contract last season but well over $3 million more than his AAV in 2015-16.
The Flames now have $24.5 million tied up in five defensemen for the next three seasons. Consider that the Nashville Predators have $20.6 million tied up in six defensemen, and $9 million of that is to P.K. Subban.
That said, the Flames have $9.8 million in cap space and have Matt Stajan’s $3.1 million coming off the cap next season. They’re in good shape.
GM Brad Treliving has been on a roll recently, depending on your feelings about Mike Smith and Eddie Lack. (The Travis Hamonic deal is great.) Maybe you don’t like $3.5 million over three years for Stone and maybe you don’t like the fact that this signing means another draft pick headed to the Arizona Coyotes per their deal last season, but Treliving has a stout top five and a good cap situation for a team on the verge of serious contention.
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