The Calgary Flames have pulled the trigger on trade, sending Michael Frolik to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a 2020 fourth-round draft pick.
The draft pick is reportedly San Jose’s fourth rounder, acquired earlier in a trade with Montreal for Marco Scandella.
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Frolik, who has been with the Flames ever since he signed as an unrestricted free agent in 2015, is in the last year of a contract carrying a $4.3 million cap hit. Money was the key to the deal, as the 31-year-old Czech winger had seen his role on the Flames be reduced in recent years.
Thank you to Michael Frolik for everything he has done for the #Flames since arriving in #yyc in 2015! Best of luck in Buffalo! pic.twitter.com/P0umzP3tzD
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) January 2, 2020
Frolik has just 10 points (5-5-10) in 38 games this season, averaging only 11:56 of ice time per game. The move should give him more opportunity to pad his stats heading into free agency, while it allows more roster flexibility for Flames GM Brad Treliving to perhaps make additions before the February 24 trade deadline.