Hawks see plenty of uses for freshly acquired Frolik
By ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org February 10, 2011 11:12PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
EDMONTON, Alberta — Newly acquired Michael Frolik will be in the Blackhawks’ lineup tonight against the Dallas Stars. But where?
‘‘[Assistant coach Mike Kitchen] has coached him and has seen his play [with the Florida Panthers],’’ coach Joel Quenneville said. ‘‘He’s useful in all areas. He can play all three forward positions. We’ll sort it out . . . but he certainly gives us a lot of options.’’
The Hawks have needed a center, so Frolik likely will get a good look in the middle and among the top six forwards. Centering Marian Hossa looks like a real option for Frolik, although that might not happen tonight against the Stars with Hossa questionable with the flu. Still, a line of Frolik, Hossa and Troy Brouwer or Tomas Kopecky is a possibility.
Hawks players aren’t too familiar with Frolik, a two-time 21-goal scorer who has struggled lately and changed roles with the Panthers.
‘‘I don’t really know too much, to be honest with you,’’ defenseman Duncan Keith said. ‘‘We’ll welcome him, and it’ll be exciting to get to know him and get to see him out there and play.’’
Quenneville altered his defensive pairings against the Edmonton Oilers. Keith was with Nick Leddy while Brent Seabrook played with Niklas Hjalmarsson. Jordan Hendry was back in the lineup alongside Brian Campbell.
‘‘Whether it was balance or we didn’t like the way things were going, sometimes [with] a fresh look, you discover things,’’ Quenneville said. ‘‘All the pairings added a bit more pace to our game.’’
General manager Stan Bowman, on whether more moves could be made by the Feb. 28 deadline after Jack Skille was traded for Frolik: ‘‘We’re not going to shy away from making another trade if it’s there to be made. . . . It’s tough to make things happen. We’re pursuing it daily. We have a lot of conversations, and we’re not going to stop trying to make something happen.’’