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Chicago stays busy, ships Frolik to Winnipeg

Jun 30, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

Michael Frolik #67 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates in the offensive zone in the first period of Game Three of the Western Conference Final against the Los Angeles Kings during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on June 4, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. The Kings defeated the Blackhawks 3-1.
(June 3, 2013 - Source: Harry How/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

The Blackhawks have moved another piece of their Stanley Cup-winning side, sending forward Michael Frolik to Winnipeg for a pair of picks (74th and 134th overall).

Frolik, 25, has one season remaining on his three-year, $7 million deal. The former No. 10 overall pick does have some talent — he scored 21 goals in each of his first two seasons in the NHL — but redefined his game in Chicago, becoming more of a bottom-six penalty killer.

He was second among all ‘Hawks forwards in shorthanded time on ice this year, and a key figure on the team’s third-ranked penalty kill.

Frolik had 10 points in 45 games this year, averaging just over 12 minutes per game. He proved to be an effective role player in the playoffs, scoring 10 points in 23 games while bumping his average TOI to 13:09.

Earlier today, the ‘Hawks sent center Dave Bolland to Toronto for a handful of picks.

  1. slysipops - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    BOLLAND i could understand in a way, but i hope letting FROLIK go was not a stupid mistake. the guy was a standout penalty killer! i hope they have a good replacement in mind ! great luck MIKE !

    • toewsingkaner - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      You don’t give penalty-killers 2.3M a season. He has a skill that is easily replaceable, at a fraction of the cost. Good move by Bowman.

  2. thesneakysalamander - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    This could be a huge steal for the Jets if the skill set that made him a top 10 pick begins to resurface. If it doesnt, they still get a guy that can kill penalties. I see this as a great move by Winnepeg.

  3. blackhawks2010 - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Frolik was expendable. Just a role player, easy to replace.

  4. foleysfish - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    I am just as disappointed as everyone else. I think that the Hawks 4th line was what won them the Cup. It was coach Q’s safety blanket. If you noticed anytime there was a dire moment he put that line out there against the other teams best players. He did it all seasion. Frolik & Kruger were the only hawks that never took a shift off they were relentless. In saying all that I think that there is a bigger plan than we realize here. I know everyone wants to beat up Stan Boman but I think he knows what he is doing. All I know is the hawks have the a ton of guys in Rockford that are ready for Andrew Shaw, Brandon Saad like breakouts. You could argue that Brandon Pirri, Jeremy Morin, Ben Smith, and Jimmy Hayes could all make the team next year. Out of all those players you could see top Rookie type seasons. I think the hawks are going to shock people and go out and sign a top 2nd line center. Bottom line when you have a team stacked with talent everywhere you look you can get rid of guys that would normally be a devistating loss on other teams. I think the Hawks have more problems with fatigue and the Olympics in the middle of the season to worry about anyway. They have 2 months to get ready and training camp starts. It will be fun to watch can’t wait. Go Hawks!

  5. lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    A much needed piece to the Jets’ puzzle. Now if only they’d gone and drafted some offense in the 1st rd rather than D, I’d be a much happier camper. #whatdidchevydotoday

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      Then again, they did get JC Lipon. THAT makes me happy…

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