A new year, a new trade it seems.
The Buffalo Sabres have acquired forward Michael Frolik from the Calgary Flames in exchange for a 2020 fourth-round pick.
The pick originally belonged to San Jose, which was acquired by Buffalo through Montreal in the Marco Scandella trade.
The Canadiens acquired Scandella minutes before this second trade by the Sabres in return for that aforementioned fourth-round pick in 2020 (acquired from the San Jose Sharks on June 22, 2019).
The Sabres, who lost Jeff Skinner to injury earlier this week, have been looking for a way to use their depth on the back end to acquire help up front.
In 38 games this season in Calgary, Frolik has tallied five goals and ten points. In five seasons with the Flames, Frolik appeared in 319 games and recording 63 goals and 145 points.
The 31-year-oldforward was originally selected 10th overall by the Florida Panthers at the 2007 NHL Draft. He also had stints with the Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks, with whom he won a Stanley Cup with the back in 2013.
He carries a cap hit of $4.3 million and will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. The Flames now free up that cap space with the deal.