Jonas Frögren

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Jonas Frögren
Born (1980-08-28) August 28, 1980 (age 35)
Falun, SWE
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
SHL team
Former teams
Leksands IF
Färjestads BK
Toronto Maple Leafs
HC Dinamo Minsk
Atlant Moscow Oblast
Skellefteå AIK
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 206th overall, 1998
Calgary Flames
Playing career 2000–present

Jonas Frögren (born August 28,1980) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player currently playing for Leksands IF in the Swedish Swedish Hockey League (SHL).

Playing career[edit]

Frögren was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft in the 8th round as the 206th pick overall. Frögren is known for being a strong, solid defenceman. He does not score many points but plays well at his end. He has played recently with the Swedish national team at the 2008 World Championships.

Frögren came to Färjestads BK as a junior in the mid 1990s and has, except for a one-year loan to Bofors IK, played his entire professional career with Färjestads BK. He has played seven seasons with Färjestads BK and has an impressive record, having won two Swedish Championships and four Swedish Championship silver medals. The only year that he did not play in the final of the playoffs 1998–99, when Färjestads BK lost in the quarter-finals against Djurgårdens IF.

On July 9, 2008, Frögren signed a two-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL.[1] However, the contract Frögren signed was rejected by the NHL due to a dispute over his status. While the League believes he is an entry level player (as he was drafted by the Calgary Flames in 1998 but did not sign with them), the Leafs and Frögren's agent, Don Meehan, believe he is an unrestricted free agent, thus signing him to a contract worth more than the $875,000 limit that is mandated by the NHL for entry level players.[2][3]

Frögren scored his first NHL goal on December 20, 2008 against Marc-André Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

On April 1, 2009 the NHL came to a decision on the discipline of the handling of Frögren's contract. The Maple Leafs were fined $500,000 for paying Frögren the original contract, which included a $755,000 signing bonus. It is believed that Frögren used approximately $400,000 of his signing bonus to get out of the final year of his contract with Färjestad. The Maple Leafs were also forced to forfeit their 2009 fourth round draft pick (previously acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes via the Tampa Bay Lightning at the 2009 NHL Trade Deadline). Neither Frögren's salary nor contractual status were affected by the NHL's decision.[4]

On April 21, 2010, Frögren returned to Färjestads BK signing a four-year contract.[5] Upon completion of the second year of his contract with Färjestads, Frogen sought a release from his contract to join the Kontinental Hockey League with HC Dinamo Minsk and Atlant Moscow Oblast in the 2012–13 season.

After returning to Sweden and playing the 2013–14 season with Skellefteå AIK, and providing a veteran presence on the Blueline in claiming the Championship, Frogren left as a free agent to be closer to family in signing a one-year contract in Leksands IF on May 9, 2014.[6]

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Färjestads BK SEL 22 0 0 0 2
1999–00 Bofors IK Allsv 43 2 7 9 40
2000–01 Färjestads BK SEL 49 3 0 3 10 16 0 0 0 4
2001–02 Färjestads BK SEL 50 3 6 9 18 10 0 0 0 4
2002–03 Färjestads BK SEL 50 1 7 8 48 14 0 0 0 16
2003–04 Färjestads BK SEL 47 5 5 10 38 17 2 0 2 6
2004–05 Färjestads BK SEL 34 1 0 1 26 15 0 2 2 2
2005–06 Färjestads BK SEL 46 3 3 6 84 17 1 1 2 6
2006–07 Färjestads BK SEL 53 4 4 8 40 7 1 0 1 0
2007–08 Färjestads BK SEL 47 0 1 1 38 12 0 1 1 12
2008–09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 41 1 6 7 28
2008–09 Toronto Marlies AHL 3 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Toronto Marlies AHL 56 3 8 11 41
2010–11 Färjestads BK SEL 43 0 2 2 53 14 0 3 3 8
2011–12 Färjestads BK SEL 33 0 0 0 47 10 0 0 0 10
2012–13 HC Dinamo Minsk KHL 8 0 3 3 6
2012–13 Atlant Moscow Oblast KHL 25 0 2 2 28 2 0 0 0 2
2013–14 Skellefteå AIK SHL 50 3 7 10 30 13 0 2 2 8
SHL totals 524 23 35 58 434 145 4 9 13 76
NHL totals 41 1 6 7 28

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
1998 Sweden EJC 1st 6 0 3 3 0
2000 Sweden WJC 5th 7 0 2 2 6
2008 Sweden WC 4th 9 0 3 3 8
Junior totals 13 0 5 5 6
Senior totals 9 0 3 3 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kalitzki, Jörgen (2008-07-04). "Frögren proffsklar för Toronto" (in Swedish). Färjestads BK. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  2. ^ O'Connor, Joe (2008-07-09). "Technicality stalls Frogren's deal with Leafs". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  3. ^ McGran, Kevin (2008-07-10). "NHL nixes Frogren's contract with Leafs". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  4. ^ Dreger, Darren (2009-04-01). "Leafs Disciplined by NHL for Handling of Frogren Contract". TSN. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  5. ^ "Frögren back to Färjestads" (in Swedish). Färjestads BK. 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 
  6. ^ "Jonas Frogren to Leksand" (in Swedish). Leksands IF. 2014-05-09. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 

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