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Canadiens Sign Michael Frolik to 1-Yr Contract

On Wednesday, the Montreal Canadiens agreed to terms on a one-year, $750,000 contract with forward Michael Frolik.

Despite adding a ton of pieces early in the offseason, we said yesterday that the Montreal Canadiens might not be done. They weren’t. On Wednesday, the club agreed to terms on a one-year, $750,000 contract with forward Michael Frolik.

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Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced the deal which is a one-way, one-year contract at a value of $750,000. The Canadiens were looking to add depth and while Frolik was not very productive this past season, he was good in 2018/19. It’s a solid deal for the Habs. Ok, perhaps not as much a solid deal as it is a low risk one.

Frolik, age 32, played 57 games in 2019-20 with the Calgary Flames and Buffalo Sabres. He registered 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) which isn’t great for offensive production, but he’s a valued defensive forward, strong on the penalty kill and experienced. He’s skated in 850 NHL career games.

The Czech Republic native has tallied 159 goals and added 225 assists, spending time with Florida, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Winnipeg Jets, Calgary and Buffalo.

Michael Frolik Calgary Flames / Montreal Canadiens

Canadiens Are Much Improved

The Canadiens have really improved their depth at every position, bringing in names like Tyler Toffoli, Josh Anderson and now Frolik upfront, Joel Edmundson and Alexander Romanov on the blueline, and Jake Allen as a backup goaltender. Some are calling them the most improved team in the NHL this season.

If this was the move Elliotte Friedman was talking about when someone said Bergevin was going to keep making moves, we’re not sure. It doesn’t seem like a signing that would put the Canadiens over the top. We’ll have to see if more is on the way.

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