On Tuesday evening. Martin Frk let fly with his trademark cannon of a shot. A shot that would etch his name into Grand Rapids Griffins folklore. A shot that sealed a 4-3 victory over the Syracuse Crunch. A shot that cemented the 4-2 series victory. A shot that, most importantly, won the Calder Cup for the Griffins. It was a fantastic end to the season for the Czech winger, but an ending that must have felt a million miles away back on October 9th…..
Following an impressive season with the Griffins in which he scored 27 goals and 44 points, Frk found himself part of the Red Wings squad for preseason. He recorded two goals and three points through five preseason games, leading many to believe that he had cracked the roster for the new season. Sadly, the Red Wings went with veterans such as Drew Miller and Steve Ott and Frk found himself placed on waivers before the puck was dropped to start the regular season. Carolina picked him up the next day and it seemed that his four-year association with the Red Wings, including the Griffins, was over. The world, as they say, moves in mysterious ways
The right-hand shot iced two games for the Hurricanes without registering a point and finishing with a minus-3 rating. Then, on October 31st Frk again found himself on waivers – this time as a result of Carolina defenseman Ryan Murphy returning from injury. Carolina’s intention was to send him down to the Charlotte Checkers, but Frk never did make it that far. Ken Holland swooped in to claim him and three weeks after he should have been, Martin Frk was once again a Grand Rapids Griffin.
You’d expect that being waived twice in a month would have a negative effect on a player, but Frk picked up where he left off with the Griffins. Through 65 regular season games he tallied 50 points (27G, 23A) and in the playoffs, he recorded a further 15 points (5G, 10A) in 16 games.
Frk is still only 23 and his AHL record suggests that he could make it at the NHL level. With the Red Wings now in a rebuilding phase and looking to bring in younger players, he must be hoping that he will soon get his shot at the roster.