Michael Stone’s future remains uncertain as Flames announce roster


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Michael Stone was on the ice for a Thanksgiving Monday practice at the Saddledome. He wasn’t even skating as one of the extras, but rather working on the third pair of defense.

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Hours later, when the Calgary Flames released their opening roster for the 2022-23 campaign, Stone’s name was not listed. The 32-year-old full-back is yet to sign with the club, although most expect him to stay. While it wouldn’t be surprising if he was in the home roster for Thursday’s showdown with the Colorado Avalanche, he would need a contract first.

Stone, who has spent the past six seasons with the Flames, attended training camp while on a pro tryout. He scored a team-high three goals in his five exhibition appearances and had 18 shots on goal, the most by any NHL defenseman in the preseason.

It’s good news for Stone that the Flames have left an open spot on their initial roster and have approximately $1.175 million in projected salary cap space. Oliver Kylington, who is out of the squad for personal reasons, is listed as ‘injured out of line-up’ but will rely on the cap during his absence.

The Flames’ opening roster includes two goaltenders, seven defensemen and 13 forwards…

Goalkeepers: Jacob Markström, Dan Vladar.

Defense: Rasmus Andersson, Noah Hanifin, Connor Mackey, Nicolas Meloche, Chris Tanev, MacKenzie Weegar, Nikita Zadorov.

Attackers: Mikael Backlund, Blake Coleman, Dillon Dube, Jonathan Huberdeau, Nazem Kadri, Trevor Lewis, Elias Lindholm, Milan Lucic, Andrew Mangiapane, Brett Ritchie, Kevin Rooney, Adam Ruzicka, Tyler Toffoli.


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