19Michael Frolik

Bill Peters and Michael Frolik respond to Allan Walsh’s tweet

As was likely expected, the Sunday night tweet from Allan Walsh – agent for Calgary Flames forward Michael Frolik – was the main topic of discussion at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday morning. While the club prepared to face the San Jose Sharks, head coach Bill Peters and Frolik both responded to Walsh’s comments.

For his part, Peters noted that he didn’t read the tweet and didn’t have much of a reply to the comments: “No response. Fro’s in the lineup, and he’s gonna play. He’s gonna play with Backs and Chucky.”

Peters added that when players return from a high ankle sprain, as Frolik has, it takes time for them to get back to where they were prior to the injury.

“When you miss that much time with that type of injury, it takes time,” said Peters. “It’s no different when guys come off an upper-body injury that are related above your shoulders, you don’t get the same guy back right away. It’s just not reality.”

Frolik also declined specific comment on the tweet, directing questions to Walsh and preferring to put the focus on the team’s impending game with the Sharks. When asked if the season so far was frustrating, he did provide a bit of insight into his mindset:

Obviously when you’re scratched a couple times and you don’t have that much ice time… I know my role was going to probably change when I come here for this year because of few new bodies here and I know the role was going to probably change a bit. I didn’t really expect it was going to change that much. Obviously it has been frustrating. Obviously you have the injury, too. Those things happens, but it sucks when you work hard in the summer and then you got off for a month and you can’t do much. It takes time I think to kind of get these few games to get the flow and get the game used to again. Hopefully I get a chance to do it tonight.

Frolik also clarified that his absence from Saturday’s game was not injury-related.

Peters noted that the team has tough decisions to make when swapping players in and out of their lineup – in Saturday’s case, the swap put Austin Czarnik in while taking Frolik out – and added that he wants players to be dissatisfied when they’re on the sidelines.

“Nobody’s happy when they’re not in,” said Peters. “And you don’t want them to be happy. If I’m scratching guys and they’re happy, I’d probably be disappointed as a coach in the character of the individual. That’s not the case with Fro. I expect Fro to be outstanding here tonight.”

The Flames host the Sharks on Monday night in their final game of 2018.

  • Afterburn

    I like Frolik. Has been a good addition for the Flames over the past couple of years. Seems low maintenance and a good team guy. I’d prefer not to have the distractions of having his agent spout off and create needless tension in the room. I think Peters has done an excellent job playing guys who are performing. Calgary needs to continue to push for a playoff spot. Anything short of that this year would be a total disaster for the fan base not to mention the organization.
    Should be a great game tonight. Flames win it in OT tonight.

  • Mickey O'Reaves

    “Nobody’s happy when they’re not in,” said Peters. “And you don’t want them to be happy. If I’m scratching guys and they’re happy, I’d probably be disappointed as a coach in the character of the individual. That’s not the case with Fro. I expect Fro to be outstanding here tonight.”

    That’s what makes Rebar an excellent coach. He crawls into the minds of his players, and expects them to give their all.

    Puck to the face on the bench? No big deal, I’m like one of the lads:
    “Stitch me up, doc, I’ll be back for the third. Just try and stop me.”

  • HAL MacInnis

    Allan Walsh sounds like an entitled millennial. “Head coach’s attempt to run a good player out of town?” Yes, Allan, Peters is trying to run Frolik out of town. Good grief. Grow up.

    I know that an agent is supposed to get the most money for his player (and Frolik’s stock has dropped a bit), but this clear attempt at “squeaky wheel gets the grease” crap is so unprofessional.

  • The GREAT WW

    Rebar is such a level headed man; I would have said; “I was going to play him tonight, but I changed my mind, have fun watching the game sitting next to your agent tonight Frolik….”

    WW

    • Getpucksdeep

      I agree. Our old nemesis “depth” has finally been slain. The team has real depth at most positions except goal and we’re lucky to at least have a goalie to lean on. The team has already dealt with injuries well and there will be more injuries. Frolik’s reliable and can move up and down a line up. His contract runs out next year doesn’t it? Trade bait then, but I say keep him, “devil you know” reliability, you know what your getting and he has good enough speed to keep up.

  • kipper2004

    Getting rid of Frolik would be a mistake unless the Flames got something substantial back. You need guys like Fro in the playoffs when the games get tight checking and mistakes go in the net, From plays a dependable game most nights but is now a third line player playing on the second line due to history and no one being able to consistently take his job.