Ilya Mikheyev Posted July 16, 2022 Share Posted July 16, 2022 Proposal: Sign UFA Michael Stone to a 2-3 year, >1.125M dollar deal Why - Stone is a right-handed, big 6'3/210 pound, physical defenseman who has a big shot and could act as steady, veteran depth - The Canucks lack RHD in their prospect cupboard - The Canucks lack RHD on Abbotsford - with only Noah Juulsen and Jett Woo (not NHL ready, questionable for Abby's top 4) left on the farm after Madison Bowey was let walk. Hopefully Brady Keeper can make a return this year, but the right handed defensive depth who can step in as a NHL fill-in in the case of injuries is low/questionable - Michael Stone has signed 3 consecutive 1-year deals with Calgary (after the team bought out his much bigger salary). It looks like both Calgary is ready to move-on and Stone would probably like some stability, though I doubt he's getting too many offers - Michael Stone and family have settled in Calgary (originally from the Peg) - so staying within western Canada is probably preferable for the veteran - on the Canucks he gets that whether he's with Vancouver or Abbotsford. On this one way deal, he gets a significant raise too, it's probably the best offer he'd get. - The term also benefits Vancouver - we've seen this tool used a few times - with a little bit of term making teams less likely to pick up a stopgap player on waivers as they risk taking on term (i.e., Justin Dowling, Kyle Burroughs altho he didn't get waived, Curtis Lazar & Dakota Joshua this year) - The biggest knock on Stone is his speed, especially after a number of injuries, but as a 9th/10th defenseman on the team, any player is likely to come with some fault in their game - Stone was praised for his ability to step up in CGY's playoff run last year, putting up 5 points in 9 games with varied uses, playing from 5 mins TOI to 21 mins under Sutter depending on the context. - LIke Lazar, this salary amount could be completely buried in Abbotsford if necessary, meaning the biggest risk is moving toward that 50 contract limit. A small price to pay for what he would bring IMO. - Pre-injury Stone played quite a bit on a pairing with OEL, having the 3rd highest TOI/GP on Arizona between 2013-2016, so there would be organizational familiarity - and if Myers goes down, some potential chemistry and familiarity to draw from. I assume there's another move in the works - but without any other trades, the Canucks D depth would look like this: OEL - Myers Hughes - Schenn Rathbone - Dermott Burroughs, Johansson/Stone Wolanin - Juulsen Brisebois - Stone/Johansson Walynuk - Woo Schmiemann, Kannok Leipert 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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