MLive’s Ansar Khan filed a locker room clean-out day article regarding Martin Frk, discussing Frk’s desire to maximize his ice time by scoring more goals next season:
“I wish I scored more goals,” Frk said. “I was having kind of bad stretches. It’s a hard league and I got to find a way to be better with that. You’re also playing with great players on the power play. I learned a lot and I bet I will learn a lot in this league when I play more games.”
The right-shooting Frk’s booming one-timer was a weapon on the power play (five goals). His challenge is finding ways to score at even strength. He occasionally played on a top-two line but spent a lot of time on the fourth line. He averaged 10:17 in ice time, the lowest among regular forwards.
“There’s no way to have enough ice time for everybody if you want your better players in that 18-20 (minute) range,” Blashill said. “Someone’s going to get cut in ice time.
“As a group we got to find a way to score more goals. If we’re not able to score at elite levels with our top two lines, then we got to make sure we outscore teams in our bottom two lines, so certainly Marty would fit into that as well.”
Preventing goals also is important for Frk. His minus-14 was tied for the second-worst on the team.
“Blash is really strict and he wants the players to work on both sides of the ice,” Frk said. “It’s definitely a little bit different for me. I’m trying to be as good offensively and defensive side. Especially on that fourth line you don’t want the line to score against you.”
Khan continues, and he posted a video of Frk’s locker room clean-out day remarks:
Frk happens to have left Detroit on Sunday, so he said, “Goodbye” on Twitter and Instagram:
Until next time hockeytown ✌🏼 Thank you Detroit for an unforgettable first season. It was a privilege to play for the Detroit fans, the Red Wings organization and staff, and with great teammates. 🏒🐙pic.twitter.com/jaLWpxZNSo
— Martin Frk (@Frky91) April 15, 2018