Connor Murphy was not the only defenseman to re-sign with the Arizona Coyotes today. Veteran defenseman Michael Stone signed a one year contract with the club. Long time Coyotes beat writer Craig Morgan was the first to report Stone’s signing.
Source: Coyotes RFA D Michael Stone has settled on a 1-year deal for $4 million, avoiding arbitration which was set for Aug. 4.— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) July 28, 2016
Stone was the lone Coyote scheduled to go to arbitration. The former 3rd round draft pick has played 279 games in the Valley. The Winnipeg native collected a career high 36 points last season (6 G, 30 A) before having his season ended early due to injury.The 26 year-old sustained a torn ACL and MCL in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers which could impact his ability to start the upcoming season with the Coyotes. Stone has returned back to Arizona to rehab and hopefully skate soon. He is hoping to be back before the start of the season, which may or may not happen.
Stone's stats are a bit more comforting than Connor Murphy's but hopefully this deal will lead to long term next year after he has come back from injury.
With Stone and Murphy’s deals announced today, the Desert Dogs now have eight blueliners signed to NHL contracts for the upcoming 2016-17 NHL season. With the logjam of defenseman now, will the Coyotes now be looking to move any of their new acquisitions?