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Flames places defender Michael Stone on decks for purchase


It looks like the Calgary Flames are split ways with veteran defender Michael Stone.

The Flames put Stone up as a bargain to buy him, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Stone remains one year for the three-year, $ 10.5-million deal he signed with Calgary back in 2017.

After posting a career-high 36 points with the Arizona Coyotes in 2015-16, Stone was traded to the Flames during the 2016-17 campaign against a 2017 third-round pick and a 2018 fifth-round pick. In his first full season as the Flames, 2017-18, Stone posted 10 points and scored an average of 16:45 minutes a night.

He was fit for just 14 games at the NHL level last season, along with three appearances for AHL Stockton. The 29-year-old's current deal would make him wear a $ 3.5 million cap next season – a seemingly high price to pay considering the four best clubs are locked in by Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie, Noah Hanifin and Travis Hamonic in the fold, while promising prospects like Rasmus Andersson, Juuso Valimaki and Oliver Kylington challenge for spots as well.

Calgary currently has about $ 4.7 million in hunting space ahead of a potential Stone purchase, with stellar restricted free agent Matthew Tkachuk still in need of a new contract for 2019-20. Andrew Mangiapane, a promising prospect, also needs new treatment for next season.

The Flames are also paying forward Troy Brouwer's contract, which they bought in 2018. The club will pay $ 1.5 million for the veteran sailor's contract for the next three seasons.

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