CALGARY FLAMES NEWS AND RUMORS

Road advantage? Flames looking to simplify on four-game trip

Source: The Calgary Sun
Date: 2017-02-21

Like most boys trips to Nashville, this one was preceded by plenty of hootin’ and hollerin’ before the lads got on the plane.

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Stone unturned in return to Calgary

Source: Calgary Herald
Date: 2017-02-21

As excited as Michael Stone was to hear he was heading back to his old junior stomping grounds, his wife was even happier. “It makes things a little bit easier for me and my family,” chuckled the 26-year-old defenceman who was acquired by the Calgary Flames Monday. “My wife is from Calgary and has lots of family out there. This way, she has a lot of help. We had twins in September so she’s going to need a lot of it. It’s an ideal situation if that’s the route it was going to go.” On the tail end of a nightmarish season in Arizona where the pending unrestricted free agent had no talks with the club about a contract extension, he was well aware a trade was likely in the offing. And while he heard whispers he might be a fit in Calgary where the blue-line needed a boost, he was understandably thrilled to learn he’d officially be returning to the city where he played four years with the WHL’s Hitmen. “She hears things as much as I hear things in

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Flames abandon win-and-you're-in mantra for goalies

Source: Calgary Herald
Date: 2017-02-21

Glen Gulutzan has decided to abandon the ‘win and you’re in,’ mantra he initiated for his goalies late last month. Although uncommitted to who he will start Tuesday in Nashville, he seemed to be leaning toward giving Brian Elliott the nod. It would be the first time in almost four weeks he’ll start a goalie who lost the previous outing. “Internally, we used that, ‘win and you’re in,’ to get out of that little spin we were in,” Gulutzan said Monday of the four-game nosedive the Flames were in prior to the all-star break. “We needed somebody to grab a hold of it and we got what we wanted out of that.” The Flames didn’t get what they wanted Saturday, losing 2-1 to the Canucks in overtime. However, the coach and teammates were full of praise for Elliott’s 17-save effort despite letting in the first goal from centre ice. “Believe it or not, on the bench when (Alex Edler) shot it I was like, ‘Oh no,’ because I’ve watche

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Road advantage? Flames looking to simplify on four-game trip

Source: Calgary Herald
Date: 2017-02-21

Like most boys trips to Nashville, this one was preceded by plenty of hootin’ and hollerin’ before the lads got on the plane. Prior to their Monday afternoon flight to Music City, the Calgary Flames practised at the Saddledome with a bounce in their step earned in the final five seconds of regulation Saturday in Vancouver. “Our mood is really dictated by how we play and we thought we played a pretty good game in Vancouver,” said coach Glen Gulutzan, whose club is remarkably upbeat despite a 2-1 overtime setback in a game Mark Giordano tied with five ticks remaining. “I watched the video again at home yesterday and I got excited again at five seconds. It was almost like I was waiting for the best part of the movie. It’s our first goal with our goalie pulled all season and it’s a big point for us. We didn’t get a result we wanted, but we did get a point.” You can only imagine how hyped the players were when they learned mid-flight general manage

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Flames’ savvy moves on defence prepare them for playoff push

Source: Sportsnet
Date: 2017-02-21

• Flames secure need with trade • GM Brad Treliving showing strong management • Michael Stone says he’s capable of more The biggest thing separating the Calgary Flames from securing a playoff spot was the team’s lack of defensive depth. GM Brad Treliving addressed the issue with two swift moves in savvy fashion, adding two capable options to his ranks, including one of the biggest names on the rental market. Almost nine years after drafting Michael Stone as assistant GM in Phoenix, Treliving brought the 26-year-old defenceman back to his junior stomping grounds in Calgary on Monday for a third-round pick and a conditional fifth in 2018. Th

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Familiar defenceman a Stone cold acquisition for Flames

Source: The Calgary Sun
Date: 2017-02-21

There was only one bigger name amongst defencemen available at the trade deadline than Michael Stone.

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Game Day: Calgary Flames at Nashville Predators

Source: Calgary Herald
Date: 2017-02-21

Calgary Flames (29-26-4) at Nashville Predators (28-22-8) 6 p.m., Sportsnet One, Sportsnet 960 The Fan   Last five Flames @ Canucks L 2-1 (OT) vs. Flyers W 3-1 vs. Coyotes L 5-0 @ Penguins W 3-2 (SO) @ Rangers L 4-3   Predators @ Blue Jackets W 4-3 @ Wild L 5-2 vs. Stars W 5-3 vs. Panthers L 7-4 @ Rangers L 4-3   Who To Watch — Flames LW Johnny Gaudreau and C Sean Monahan One of Calgary’s cornerstone forwards is shooting for a milestone marker. The other is aiming to snap out of an extended funk. The 22-year-old Monahan is on the brink — yes, still — of becoming the youngest marksman in Flames’ franchise history to reach the 100-goal plateau, but he’s now been blanked in five straight games. Monahan fired a game-high five shots on target in Sa

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Eric Francis: Familiar defenceman a Stone cold acquisition for Flames

Source: Calgary Herald
Date: 2017-02-21

There was only one bigger name amongst defencemen available at the trade deadline than Michael Stone. But with apologies to Kevin Shattenkirk, no one on the rental market is a better fit for the Calgary Flames than the 26-year-old with strong Calgary ties. Not only did Flames general manager Brad Treliving work with the 26-year-old as a longtime assistant GM in Arizona, Stone also spent four productive years at the Saddledome when he was a WHL stud for the Calgary Hitmen. Such familiarity made him a perfect acquisition to fill the biggest void on the Flames roster – a fourth defenceman. “One of the things we wanted to do is add depth at the blue-line, so we looked at what makes sense without selling the farm,” said Treliving of his latest savvy move. “I was there when we drafted Mike from the Hitmen, so I know the kid and he’s a good person. That was a number of years ago – he’s married now and has twins – but he’s a solid NHL player. H

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Flames get Michael Stone

Source: Sportsnet
Date: 2017-02-20

The Flames made their first trade of the Deadline season acquiring Defenseman Michael Stone from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for a 2017 3rd-Round Pick and a conditional 5th-Round Pick in 2018. In 45 games with the Coyotes, Stone has 9pts (1G, 8A). He was drafted in 2008 in the 3rd round from the Calgary Hitmen. In 324 games all with the Coyotes he

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A brief analytic look at newest Flame Michael Stone

Source: Flames Nation
Date: 2017-02-20

Embed from Getty Images By now, you've heard the news. The Flames have acquired Coyotes defenceman Michael Stone, paying a third round pick and a conditional 2018 fifth.  Certainly a surprising move. The Flames, having already snagged Matt Bartkowski earlier this week, are now at eight defencemen that all require waivers. Stone wasn't really expected or necessary, considering that the Flames have about two or three other guys on the team that can do what he does.  So what did the team see in Stone, and what are they hoping to get? Find out after the jump.

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