Michael Stone has been traded to the Flames
Arizona Coyotes defenseman Michael Stone was traded to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a third-round pick and a conditional fifth round pick on Monday. Stone (26) is a solid bottom four defenseman with some offensive capability. In his time with the Coyotes he scored 96 points in 324 games.
This is most likely just the beginning of Arizona’s unloading before the trade deadline. Stone is just one of a few players capable of yielding a decent return for the Coyotes, who in their rebuilding stage will also look to part ways with Radim Vrbata and Martin Hanzal, just to name a few. All of these players can be solid depth help on any team looking to make a Stanley Cup run.
For the Flames, this trade adds another valuable young defenseman to their core. Stone will most likely slot into the second pairing somewhere with the likes of Dougie Hamilton, Mark Giordano, and TJ Brodie. The Flames are looking to gear up for the next few seasons as they are currently transitioning into a winning hockey team. Calgary currently sits in the final wildcard spot in the west, and the addition of Michael Stone will help solidify that as the team pushes for the playoffs.
I’d personally call this a great depth move for the Flames and I’d be happy as a Flames fan. As a Coyotes fan, I’d probably be a little disappointed with the return, though I’m sure John Chayka tested the waters and got all he could. Look for him to get higher picks and prospects for any other trades made by March 1st.