"Many people in Calgary have been reaching out asking why Michael Frolik is a healthy scratch," Walsh said on Twitter. "Keeping one of the team's most efficient and versatile forwards in the stands marginalizes and devalues a great team player. Head coach's attempt to run a good player out of town?"
Frolik is in his fourth season in Calgary, but his first under Bill Peters, who was hired as the team's head coach this offseason. He has seven goals and zero assists in 22 contests and is playing five minutes less per game than he did a year ago.
The offseason acquisitions of right-wingers Elias Lindholm and James Neal are partially responsible for Frolik's diminished role this season; however, he was already trending in the wrong direction offensively. He averaged just 0.36 points per game in 2017-18 after averaging at least 0.5 points in each of his previous four campaigns.