Fantasy Impact: Chicago has acquired skilled winger Michal Frolik from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Jack Skille. There are other moving parts in the deal, but it essentially breaks down to Frolik for Skille swap. I guess Dale Tallon doesn’t subscribe to the “don’t sell low” theory.


The Blackhawks get:

In Frolik, a skilled but inconsistent winger currently in his third full NHL season. I suspect that Tallon (and coach Pete DeBoer, for that matter) have never been big Frolik supporters. Chicago also receives minor league goaltender Alexander Salak, who will see a slight bump in his value because he is no longer stuck behind Jacob Markstrom and Tomas Vokoun. Frolik has a ton of upside – he is versatile, big, and skilled. Like many young skilled forwards, he has struggled with effort and intensity on a game-to-game basis. Still, this is a questionable move by Florida to get rid of him while his value is so low.


Frolik had posted back-to-back 21 goal campaigns in Florida, but he only lit the red lamp eight times through 52 games before the trade. Look for him to have a strong 2010-11 season with an immensely improved supporting cast.


Salak is having a very strong season over in Sweden (among the league leaders in almost every goalie category in the SEL) and should contend for a roster spot at training camp this fall.


The Panthers get:

Jack Skille has been an offensive flop ever since being picked in the 2005 Entry Draft (Chicago is among those foolish teams who passed on Anze Kopitar). He is big and fast, but to date has shown a lack of hockey sense required to be a productive forward at the NHL level. Skille had seven goals and 17 points in 49 games with the Blackhawks before the trade. He has a lot of natural talent but doesn’t have the ability to seamlessly combine it all together on the ice. At best he’ll develop into a 15-20-goal energy winger.


He could see a short-term spike because of a lack of talent on Florida's right side - Evgeni Dadonov is currently injured, leaving Steve Bernier, Bill Thomas, and Radek Dvorak as the three RW.


Florida also acquired a pair of minor league forwards – Hugh Jessiman and David Pacan.


Players this helps, in order:

1. Frolik

2. Skille

3. Salak

4. Michael Repik



Players this hurts, in order:

1. Viktor Stalberg

2. Troy Brouwer

3. Tomas Kopecky



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Wink said:

... BHawks fan- go to many games...
Skille plays well in a 4th line/energy role. He's skated at times on the top 2 lines this year... and looked horribly out of place. Also finds himself out of position defensivley quite often, ESPECIALLY when he's on the ice against top 6 forwards.

How does Salak stack up against Hannu Toivonen? He's supposedly the heir apparent in net, right now. Will replace Turco (most likely after this season), could challenge Crawford next year or at least be the backup. Also the safety valve in case Crawford gets too pricey. That's how he's been viewed here to this point. I don't know anything about Salak to make a comparison.

I've seen Frolik enough to be excited by the deal. We've been lacking a #2/3 (depending on what you consider Dave Bolland) center. I think he'll get a chance in that role. Put Hossa and Brouwer on his wings and who knows?
February 11, 2011
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Mabus said:

... I always try to resist the temptation to criticize a new GM that targets prospects from his previous team. As a Calgary fan, the best move Sutter ever made was to acquire Kipper after leaving San Jose.

That said, this looks like an awesome deal for Chicago and if I was a Crawford owner, I'd be worried. Now if he demands a large raise during the off-season, they can use the same approach they used with Niemi. If they are starting Turco to try to increase his trade value, now they have a legitimate backup for Crawford.
February 10, 2011
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Let' s Go Rangers said:

Two On One
... Angus,

Any guess on what the addition of Frolik will do to Chicago's lines? Saw Shapie was put on the top line last night and am wondering if that will stick or if they'll get shuffled again...
February 10, 2011
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studley49 said:

Thoughts - Repik got sent down to the AHL so, while the move does help Repik in the long-term, I don't see any short-term benefits
- brutal deal overall for Florida, but I'm thinking that Tallon has a big Pierre-on for Pacan (a 6'3" that was drafted out of the CJHL, played NCAA hockey but is now with Niagara of the OHL)
- maybe Jessiman actually has a shot of getting called up as a 4th liner now?
- Florida they got rid of their main streaky players (Grabner - for nothing, albeit, Horton, and now Frolik) so perhaps they're looking for consistent players
- something tells me Florida's not done (Versteeg from Toronto, maybe?)
- Reasoner might see more offensive minutes after putting on a little bit of a hot run earlier in the year
February 10, 2011 | url
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Kris said:

Salak This trade give Salak a huge boost in value! He was behind Vokun and and Turco? Salak could easily be a better starting goaltender than Crawford and Turco's days are numbered.
February 10, 2011
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Kraftster said:

... I'll reiterate my thoughts from last night. This is a pathetic trade for Florida, and I am thankfully that they have given away via trade or flat out waived many of the players I really like that were on their team. I'm happy that I will no longer find myself pulling for this disgraceful franchise. So unfortunate, I really feel bad for Florida fans.
February 10, 2011
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Shoeless said:

February 10, 2011
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Ryan said:

... Can you see Salak challenging Crawford next season? Would he be the next in line at this point?
February 09, 2011
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