Frolik Back At Practice, Won’t Play Monday

The Calgary Flames were back on the practice ice today following a day off Friday, and an interesting figure was back with them: Michael Frolik.

Frolik has been on the shelf since suffering a shoulder injury in Calgary’s December 15 win over Nashville.

Frolik’s potential return later this week will probably mean a roster move of some kind. The Flames are presently at 23 active players on their roster, but one of those is Jiri Hudler, who’s been out with a groin injury since Calgary’s January 2 win over Colorado. Hudler can be placed on injured reserve retroactive to his injury basically at any point, so it’s probably a lock that is the move that happens later this week.

But when Hudler returns from injury, the Flames have a decision to make regarding which of their 15 healthy NHL forwards will get a trip down to the American Hockey League.

  • MattyFranchise

    This is good news and now the speculation is who will be sent down and where he will play. I would have no problem with Johnny/Monny/Frolik, Ferland/Bennett/Jooris, Granlund/Backs/Jones, and Bouma/Stajan/Colborne.

  • FlamesRule

    Here are the lines from today:
    Flames changed up their forward lines during the skate. Here are the lines run on Saturday: Johnny Gaudreau – Sean Monahan – Micheal Ferland, Sam Bennett – Markus Granlund – Josh Jooris, Lance Bouma – Mikael Backlund – David Jones, and Joe Colborne/Mason Raymond – Matt Stajan – Brandon Bollig

    The only problem with these lines is having Bollig playing.

  • FeyWest

    In other league news reports of Bernier’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. who ever was popping off about Bernier being finished has a big steamy plate of crow to eat. He has been lights out since his return from the AHL.

    We so should have jumped on that

      • FeyWest

        Who knows, I wouldn’t have been surprised if Tre was exploring that avenue but at what cost? If I were the leafs I wouldn’t be trading him except for a really good package, I don’t think anyone really expected him to be a “flash in the pan” per se, however, my personal opinion was and has always been I don’t want him. No particular reason, there was tons of hype which drove his price up, maybe it’s cause I’m excited for Ortio but mostly my favourite in Gillies.

        That’s not to say I wouldn’t want Tre checking out Bernier given earlier showings of scary tending

    • flames2015

      Current game vs the sharks, 0.778 GA. 6 goals on 27 shots, midway through 3rd period. Yes, he’s had a few good games and 2 shutouts since he’s been back. But if you actually look at the scores of those games, he’s still pretty horrid. He’s good one game and horrible the next. He’s won a few games based on the leafs ability to actually play some defense.

  • FeyWest

    Im watching the Canadiens game with my family and everybody got excited as a player was sprung for a breakaway I looked at the tv saw that it was Byron and laughed. (he still cant finish)

    • hulkingloooooob

      guy’s got 7 goals this year already. not bad and better then hamelton, hudler, backlund, bennet, stajan, brodie, and need i say 7 times wideman’s goal total this year. i’d call that some finish…we messed up big time on that one. plus the 3 headed goalie monster dealt us a potentially lethal blow for the first 15 games of the year or so….

        • flames2015

          He may have missed tonights, but he has 3 SHG this season. 2 of which of which were breakaways, and the first one was against the Flames. Not gonna argue the chances he had last year and could never put em away. But tides have shifted. We should have kept him and waived someone else but he’s never healthy or come close to playing a full season.

  • King Quong

    Even if Byron can’t finish 100% of the time, I’d still rather have him on the team creating those scoring chances and driving the play, generating that momentum. I also wanted to point out that of Byron’s 7 goals, 3 of them have been shorthanded and he’s buried a couple of those breakaways. The Flames, comparatively as a team have a grand total of 1 shorthanded goal so far this year. He also got to play outdoors in the Winter Classic, where he scored by the way, so good for him and what a great experience that must have been.

  • King Quong

    I never said we shouldn’t have kept him just made a comment on his low percentage on breakaways. Personally I liked him and it was hard watching him have such an emotional good bye. Guys like him are inspiring to me as I’m a short guy who would’ve loved to play in the NHL. Regardless I just thought it was funny that I knew he wasn’t going to score as soon as I saw it was him.

  • King Quong

    I know there’s a lot of love for Byron on this site but if he was so good why was he put on waivers to me this is just another case of flames fans overvaluing a player just because he’s with the organization ask your self if he was an oiler not a flame at the time he was put on waivers would u of claimed him