Flames trade Michael Frolik to Sabres

In the first Calgary Flames transaction of the decade, the Flames trade Michael Frolik to the Buffalo Sabres for a 2020 fourth round pick.

The acquired fourth round pick is San Jose’s, which was acquired by Buffalo through Montreal. As well, no salary will be retained by Calgary in this transaction.

Frolik spent five seasons with the Flames, playing in 319 games since the 2015-16 season. Since joining the Flames, Frolik scored 63 goals and had 82 assists for a total of 145 points. This season, Frolik has 5 goals and 5 assists for a combined 10 points in Calgary.

He is also well-known for playing on the infamous 3M line with Mikael Backlund and Matthew Tkachuk. Especially last season, when the Flames’ second line was a large contributor to the team’s success.

The trade clears $4.3 million of cap space for the Flames, who now have nearly $4.8 million available, according to CapFriendly.

Sportsnet’s Pat Steinberg tweeted, “[Treliving] says there was no formal trade request but wanted to give Frolik a better opportunity elsewhere. Also wanted to open up more opportunity for Mangiapane, Dube.”

Steinberg, additionally tweeted this quote from Brad Treliving: “It is our intention to use the cap space gained today.”

But, Treliving added he does not have another deal to announce today, according to Steinberg.