Question 2: That being said, should Stone be re-signed? (Keep in mind the Flames will lose a 2018 5th round pick, which I know isn’t a huge deal, but something worth mentioning).
I think so. He’s one of if not the best option out there (Barring a steal).
Yes, just re-sign Stone and play the odds that the 5th round selection probably won’t develop much into anything. Stone’s value is higher than a 5th round pick, so don’t treat him like he is one.
With the weak UFA market, I would look to retaining Stone for the right price. A cap hit north of $3-3.5 Average Annual Value would be the limit I would pay for his services. Stone is a Calgary guy, where he met his wife while playing his junior hockey for the Calgary Hitmen. He is familiar in the area, he fits in with the teams age demographic (26 years old). Him and Brodie can solidify the second defensive pair, as both seem to play very well with each other on that pair. Stone can skate, he can throw hits and he can chip in offensively as well.
In order to win in the Western Conference, you need a sound top four. Michael Stone solidifies the top four for the Calgary Flames.
Like I said above, I think he should be given a shot. Like Alex said, the fifth round pick will most likely not develop into anything better. And the Flames can probably sign Stone on a one or two year contract for maybe 6-7 million (if two years) which I think is an awesome price for a top four defenceman. Like I said, it may be too early to tell, but he should be given a shot.