Hawks Trade Frolik to Jets
First the man who scored the goal, Bolland, and now the man who assisted on it, Michael Frolik, are no longer members for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Frolik was traded Sunday to the Winnipeg Jets for the 74th & 134th picks in the 2013 draft. The trade gets the Hawks into the third round while getting a second pick in the fifth.
While Bolland's trade was more or less expected, I don't think anyone saw Frolik being traded. If anything some expected maybe Frolik would get a chance to move off the 4th line next season.
Frolik paired with Marcus Kruger were the top penalty-kill duo for Joel Quenneville this past season. And while he may have not lit the lamp much I don't think anyone will ever forget his two postseason penalty shot goals.
I personally am not a fan of the move but I understand why it was done. With so many kids supposedly ready to make the move from Rockford to Chicago, Stan Bowman had to clear some roster spots.
Frolik, I always felt never got a real shot to skate on the top lines. The talent to score 20 goals is there but for whatever reason things never clicked offensively here in Chicago.
I also loved seeing that #67 on the ice. He was only the fourth player in team history, before Andrew Shaw to come along, to wear a number in the 60's.
Frolik will being joining several former Hawks in Winnipeg, including their GM Kevin Cheveldayoff, their captain, Andrew Ladd, and alternate captain/big body, Dustin Byfuglien.
The trade now leaves the Hawks with $13.5 million in cap space for next season and while Bowman said this morning he doesn't expect to be a player in free agency, sure seems like he is making room for something expensive.