Why is he on the trade block?
Elliotte Fridman indicated in his 31 thoughts column that the Calgary Flames have had Michael Frolik on the trade block for some time now. If Elliotte Freidman is reporting it I have no reason to believe he’s wrong.
The Czech forward isn’t having a great season. With four points in 27 games, he’s on pace for 12 points. That would be his lowest return ever (excluding the lockout year shortened 2012-13 season).
The Calgary Flames were expected to build on last year’s good season where they topped the Western Conference with 107 points. But 29 games into the 2019-20 season they’re just barely outside of the wildcard picture in the West.
They need to make a change, and it looks like Michael Frolik will be the sacrificial lamb to get everything back on track.
Islanders interest level: 1.5/5
We’ve seen the Islanders find vets having bad years and turn them into something. Look at Derick Brassard. They could likely do the same with Michael Frolik.
But just like Kyle Turris, Frolik has a de-incentivizing $4.3 million cap hit. That’s too much for the Islanders. If they could knock that back by half I’m sure Lou would take a swing.