Frolik sent to Winnipeg for two draft picks

Frolik sent to Winnipeg for two draft picks

June 30, 2013, 6:15 pm
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NEWARK, N.J. – Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said there would be changes to this roster. He wasn’t kidding.

Michael Frolik became the second Blackhawks forward traded on Sunday night, as they sent him to the Winnipeg Jets for the 74th and 134th overall selections in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Frolik came to the Blackhawks as part of the deal that sent Jack Skille to the Florida Panthers in the 2010-11 season. The 25-year-old had two 21-goal seasons with the Panthers but never reached that level of scoring with the Blackhawks. He did emerge as a tremendous penalty killer for them this season, as he and Marcus Kruger made that their calling card.

Now Kruger is the only member of that strong postseason fourth line remaining with the Blackhawks. Dave Bolland was traded to the Toronto Maple leafs earlier this evening for three draft picks, including a fourth-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

The Blackhawks were working to get under the $64.3 million cap that will go into effect for the 2013-14 season. They also wanted to clear some extra space to sign a few players, including pending unrestricted free agent Bryan Bickell and restricted free agent Nick Leddy. The Blackhawks used their two compliance buyouts on Steve Montador and Rostislav Olesz a few days ago. With all those moves, the Blackhawks cap payroll, according to, is now just over $51.1 million.