After a largely inactive summer in free agency, no doubt due to their unmanageable salary cap, the Rangers finally made a move to land a top 6 forward, signing enigmatic left wing Alexander Frolov, who scored 19 goals and recorded 32 assists last year, collecting 51 points for the Los Angeles Kings.
Frolov signed a one year deal with the Rangers for an estimated $ 3.2 M, choosing the Rangers despite having a much more lucrative long term deal on the table from a KHL team in Russia. Let’s take a look at Frolov’s career stats:
Alexander Frolov #24
- Height: 6-2
- Weight: 204
- Shoots: Right
- Born: Jun 19, 1982 – Moscow, USSR
- Draft: 2000 – 1st round (20th overall) by the Los Angeles Kings
The Rangers have had bad luck with enigmatic Russians, traditionally, and in the last 2 off-seasons especially. Two summers ago, they traded promising defenseman Fedor Tjutin for Alexei Zherdev, and last year, they signed winger Ales Kotalik, who never saw eye to eye with Rangers’ coach John Tortorella. But Frolov has put up 32 and 35 goal seasons, and many believe his drop in production had more to do with the number of outstanding young Kings’ players who stepped up and beat out Frolov for power play time and important minutes in big situations.
In addition to Frolov, the Rangers have signed enforcer Derek Boogard, backup goaltender Martin Biron, and have acquired defenseman Steve Emminger from Anaheim, in addition to re-signing current Rangers Brandon Pust, Erik Christensen, and Vinnie Prospal.
The team has also come to terms with highly esteemed defensive prospect Ryan McDonagh, and hope to sign McDonagh’s college teammate, Derek Stepan, before training camp.
Let’s Go Rangers!