The all-new Calgary Flames will be boasting a brand new look for the 2022-23 season. With Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk and Sean Monahan now just a distant memory, the all-new Flames – featuring the likes of Nazem Kadri, Jonathan Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar – are set to be a contender in the West.
This past week, the team offered two veteran Manitobans and one up-and-comer a chance to make the squad, by way of professional tryout.
Winnipeggers Cody Eakin and Michael Stone, as well as Robin’s Josh Brook will attend Flames camp this month on PTOs, meaning they will need to earn their respective ways onto the team in order to be granted a contract for the 2022-23 season.
The 31-year-old Eakin spent 2021-22 with the Buffalo Sabres, where he put up four goals and 12 points in 69 games played. Although mainly occupying a bottom-six role, Eakin has put up decent numbers during his 701 career NHL games between Washington, Dallas, Vegas, Buffalo and Winnipeg. He has 110 goals and 256 points to go along with 278 career penalty minutes. Eakin has eight goals and 19 points in 50 career Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Eakin finished his two-year, $4.5 million contract with Buffalo last season, to which he made $2.25 million annually, bringing his career earnings up to $25 million over 11 seasons of play.
Stone, 32, also grew up in Winnipeg and has been a reliable shut-down defender within the NHL over the past 11 seasons. Skating in 504 games with the Arizona Coyotes and Calgary Flames, the big blueliner has 35 goals and 134 points to his name.
Since being dealt to Calgary in a 2017 trade from the desert, Stone has found a home in Alberta. He will look to make the team on a PTO, amid a deep defence corps that has added MacKenzie Weegar to a list of young, blossoming defenders.
He earned a one-year deal at the league-minimum $750K last season in Calgary, and will hope to garner the same result this fall. Stone has an estimated career earnings of $19 million.
Brook, just 23, was selected in the second round of the 2017 NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens out of Moose Jaw. He hasn’t had much opportunity to make it at the NHL level with the Canadiens, and this offseason he was not presented with a qualifying offer, thus making him a free agent, able to sign wherever he so chooses.
Having signed an AHL deal with the Flames’ new affiliate the Calgary Wranglers, Brook will present his case for NHL duties at training camp this fall with the big club. But if the crowded blueline is too much to handle, he will likely find his way back to the AHL for 2022-23. In 106 AHL contests with Laval, Brook has 29 points.
The Flames open training camp on September 22.