Colorado Avalanche: Top Five Potential Unrestricted Free Agents for Team to Consider

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Michael Stone

The Calgary Flames recently traded for Michael stone, in what many considered to be a lopsided trade in the Flames’ favor. So, the Flames are likely to re-sign Stone this summer if they can afford him.

The Flames are currently in the red with cap space, according to CapFriendly, but they’re maintaining due to long-term injured reserve relief.

Nonetheless, they have some big contracts expiring this summer, and they’ll probably let at least a few go to free agency. For example, the Flames are unlikely to re-sign Dennis Wideman after his regression the past two years, and he carries a cap hit of 5.25 million.

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Furthermore, Stone has performed extremely well for the Flames since being traded there. He had nine points in 45 games with the Coyotes before being traded, and he now has four points in nine games with the Flames.

And, if the Flames re-sign him, then they only give up a third and fifth round pick for his services. That’s starting to look like a real good deal at this point, and it’s unlikely he hits free agency.

But, if he demands too much in a re-sign, then it is still conceivable that he goes to free agency. If he does, then the Avalanche should certainly consider giving him a contract offer.