Flames trade Michael Frolik to Sabres for 2020 fourth-rounder

Calgary Flames' Michael Frolik, left, of the Czech Republic, celebrates his goal with teammmate Mikael Backlund, of Sweden, during third period NHL hockey action against the Arizona Coyotes in Calgary, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

The Calgary Flames have traded forward Michael Frolik to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a 2020 fourth-round draft pick.

Frolik, 31, has five goals and 10 points in 38 games this season, while skating a career-low 11:56 per game. The 2006 first-round pick has played in 831 games over 12 seasons, as well as 47 playoff games (including a Stanley Cup title run in 2013 with the Chicago Blackhawks).

Frolik’s $4.3-million cap hit will be wholly absorbed by the Sabres. He will become a free agent this off-season.

The fourth-round pick headed to Calgary — which was originally owned by the San Jose Sharks — is one the Sabres acquired from the Montreal Canadiens earlier Thursday in exchange for defenceman Marco Scandella, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Calgary now has a pick in each round of the upcoming draft, after trading away its own 2020 fourth-rounder last winter in exchange for defenceman Oscar Fantenberg. The Flames also have nearly $2 million in projected cap space, according to CapFriendly.

Acquire:
  • Fourth-round pick (2020)
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