Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Flames Land Frolik

The Calgary Flames went big on a deal with free agent forward Michal Frolik, signing the Slovakian forward to a 5-year deal, worth $4.3 million per season.

Frolik was notably doing a lot of leg work when the free agency warm up began, where teams could discuss plans with players at the draft, where it was said he was chatting with upwards of 10 teams.  The Flames were obviously one of those teams and they managed to pick up a pretty solid forward.

In the 2015 season, Frolik, 27, scored 19 goals and 42 points for the Jets, ranking him 117th among all forwards in scoring and actually putting him in a solid position at the free agent frenzy, where the talent pool was running a little bit shallow.

It would be very likely that Frolik would be seeing more 3rd line minutes than anything else, but he does have a certain versatility to his game, which should allow him to move up and down, when needed.

The Flames are a fairly high scoring team as it was, so with that being said, I think Frolik sees some minor gains to his numbers, even if he is a 3rd liner going into next season.  I don't see the Flames over-utilizing him, but things could change with injuries and cold streaks.

I would think that this signing is a good fit for the Flames, but only time will tell for sure.

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