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While we’re waiting for Josh, 26, to get his thoughts together, this just in:

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent forward Alexander Frolov.

Forward Alexander Frolov scored his first NHL goal at Madison Square Garden and ranked MSG as his favorite NHL arena in last year’s Kings media guide. Frolov has surpassed the 20-goal plateau in five of his seven NHL campaigns, including two 30-goal seasons in 2006-07 and 2008-09. Frolov, 28, has skated in 536 career regular season contests with the Los Angeles Kings, registering 168 goals and 213 assists for 381 points, along with 210 penalty minutes. He has recorded 24 multi-goal games in his career, including three career hat-tricks.

“Alex is a highly skilled player who we feel will play a key role in improving our offense and play in all situations,” stated Sather. “He is strong competitor and has the ability to play either wing position.”

In 2006-07, Frolov established career-highs in games played (82), goals (35), assists (36) and points (71). He led the Kings in goals and game-winning goals (six) that season, and finished second on the team in points. He was one of only two players on the roster that appeared in all 82 games, and tied for third on the team in shots on goal (195).

In 2008-09, Frolov led the team in goals (32) and power play goals (12) while finishing second on the team in points (59) and power play points (25). It marked the third time in his career that he led the Kings in goals, having previously led his team in goals in 2003-04 and 2006-07. Frolov also led the Kings and ranked sixth in the NHL with an 18.2 shooting percentage. He registered 14 multi-point efforts, leading Los Angeles to an 11-1-2 record in those contests.

On January 21, 2009, Frolov tallied two goals at Colorado, including his 20th of the season to become the first Kings player to record at least 20 goals in five straight seasons since Luc Robitaille registered eight consecutive 20-goal seasons from 1986-87 to 1993-94. Frolov finished the season strong, tallying 30 points (14 goals and 16 assists) in his final 32 games.

Alexander Frolov won a silver medal with Russia at the 2010 World Championships in Germany, where Rangers center Artem Anisimov was his teammate. As a rookie in 2002-03, Frolov tied for third in the league among first-year players in plus-minus rating (plus-12) and ranked fourth in shots on goal (141). He made his NHL debut on October 9, 2002 vs. Phoenix, and tallied his first career point with an assist on October 19, 2002 vs. Vancouver. He notched his first career goal at MSG on October 25, 2002 vs. the Rangers.

The 6-2, 210-pounder appeared in 81 games with Los Angeles last season, registering 19 goals and 32 assists for 51 points, along with 26 penalty minutes. Frolov registered two, four-game point streaks during the month of October – from October 3 vs. Phoenix to October 10 at St. Louis (one goal and three assists), and October 22 vs. Dallas to October 28 at San Jose (three goals and four assists) -– and finished the season’s opening month with 12 points (four goals and eight assists) in 13 games.

He registered 10 multi-point performances, including a season-high, four-point effort on March 8 vs. Columbus (one goal and three assists). The seven-year veteran appeared in his 500th career NHL game vs. St. Louis on January 9.

Internationally, Frolov has represented Russia in several major tournaments. Most recently, he captured the Silver Medal with his native country at the 2010 World Championships.

In 2006, he made his Olympic debut for Russia at the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. Frolov also won a Gold Medal with Russia at the 2002 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic. He led the team and ranked second among all tournament skaters with six goals, and tied for the team lead and third overall with eight points.

The Moscow, Russia native was originally Los Angeles’ first round choice, 20th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

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  1. Joekuh - I made it outta Blog Training Camp! on

    Interesting. I demand the next guest blog be on Frodolov!

  2. Doodie Machetto on

    “I just don’t understand why him being JUST a 25 goal scorer is a bad thing?”

    I didn’t say it was. In fact, I said specifically after I said he was topping out around 20-25 goals, 40-50 points that it wasn’t a bad thing.

    ” I read things like “he’s not leading us to a cup”. Well, no kidding Sherlock, he’s not freaking Messier, he’s not even Graves. But why do we have to trade him because he’s not?”

    I said he wasn’t leading us to a Cup, but I never suggested trading him. I think players like Dubinsky are crucial to winning the Stanley Cup. But some people expect him to eventually be a #1 center and it’s just not in the cards. The only guys we have in the organization that have that kind of potential are Stepan and Kreider, and even then, it’s mostly just wishful thinking and is years away even if they DO pan out.

  3. Doodie Machetto on

    “Forward Alexander Frolov scored his first NHL goal at Madison Square Garden and ranked MSG as his favorite NHL arena in last year’s Kings media guide”

    That’s worth an extra million and a NTC.

  4. Gift of GAB-orik ( LBJ to NYK!! ) on

    lol @ Doodie… good one man.

    I read stuff yesterday that stated it would be a one year contract somewhere around the 3 million mark. If it’s a one year deal, i’m fine with it.

    We’ll see what happens though moneywise… but i welcome this move. I think playing with Gaborik will help his game, and he can score.

  5. Gift of GAB-orik ( Rangers going International ) on

    had to change that LBJ thing….

    so we got russians, norwegians, swedes… we’re quite international aren’t we?

  6. TheREALMikeyNJ on

    1 year 3 mil even jsut confirmed via his agent

    Sather finally made one good acquisition!

  7. Gift of GAB-orik ( Rangers going International ) on

    Yea… i like this move. He was looking for $4 mil and a multi year deal from the Kings, so this is a WIN.

  8. TheREALMikeyNJ on

    But again who loses there roster spot now?

    Obviously Redden is gone now, after we re-sign Staal

    But which forwards get to play in Hartford?

    If MZa was signed to play on the big club, someone is losing htere spot

    in the words of Men at Work: “Who can it be now??”

  9. 1 Year/3 Million, while turning down 4 years/20 mill fro mthe KHL. Awesome signing! Finally a true first line talent to play with Gaborik!

  10. Gift of GAB-orik ( Rangers going International ) on

    i certainly can’t forget aboot the canadiens.

    good call on the roster spots… i really don’t know how it’s going to shake out, other than boogaard replaces voros/boyle on the 4th, probably playing with Artie and Prust… though it will be interesting to see if Artie starts the year on the 4th, or gets moved up to the 3rd line.

  11. Everyone just remember, Europeans who can win in May/June are the exception not the rule. Period.

  12. Gift of GAB-orik ( Rangers going International ) on

    Gaborik-Christensen-Frolov-Dubinsky-Drury-Callahan-Anisimov-Avery-Prust-Boogaard-Prospal-Boyle

    not sure where Grachev-Stepan-Krieder-MZA are going to fit in. Seems a bit crowded now at the top 9.

    Who becomes expendable/trade bait/Hartford bound??

  13. TheREALMikeyNJ on

    Forwards list again, updated with Frolov

    Gabby
    Dubi
    Cally
    Avery
    Drury
    Artie
    Frolov
    Boogaard
    EC
    Prospal
    Stephan – ?
    Prust
    Boyle -?
    MZA -?
    Grachev – ?
    Weise – ?
    Byers – ?

    17 total forwards
    11 players 90-100% on opening night roster
    6 questionable (although Grachev & Stephan prob play together in Hartford this year)- Brings number down to 4 questionable

    Gthats what training camp is for

  14. TheREALMikeyNJ on

    Basically breaks down to 6 players fighting for one spot

    My guess:

    Unless Grachev and or Stephan SUPER impress in training camp, they’ll play a year in Hartford together and get some chemistry, and be on the team in 2011-2012

    With that said, I say MZA makes the team, and the other players (Boyle, Weise & Byers) are rotated in and out with Boogaard for 4th line time and with injuries

    Only other candidate to be demoted to make room for another player is EC, which is possible but Ihtink not likely unless he struggles this year

  15. Coach Beeblebrox on

    Doodie::: RE: Dubinsky

    I didn’t mean to say that you said all those things, I was just putting together all the things people are saying. A lot of people want to trade Dubinsky because he’s not that #1 center.

    But as I said, who ever said he was going to be? I’ve never read it here, or anywhere. Heck, he’s not even a center anymore, so anyone still thinking that must be thick or something LOL.

    I just can’t come to grip with the mentality of wanting to trade him, because he has not fulfilled some phantom potential that, that person has bestowed upon him. I know you see how silly that is, what amazes me is that not EVERYONE can see that.

    Are people going to want to trade Anisimov too, if all he ever becomes is a 3rd line 40 points center? Is Kreider doomed to failure if he’s not the next Mike Gartner? Is Del Zotto on the market when he’s not Zubov?

    I don’t get it. I always thought Sather was wrong, but some fans are proving him right.

  16. Good Signing for Once!

    I think that you have to believe that Boyle is expendable. Seriously, what does he bring to the table, other than size – which can also be purchased by placing a large orange cone in the N zone – enought said there.

    I also tend to think the Avery is a bit on the line here – he really does not bring that much other than some antics, so …. my guess is that Hartford’s locker for where Kasperiatus had his equipment will be looking to share space with Boyle, Avery, and perhaps Grachev or Stepan. And my real guess is that of course Redden will become a permanent staple in Hartford – which is not a terrible thing for him, Hartford, or the Rangers. If just that 6 million that is killing me….

    What do you guys think?

  17. NYRanger4Life on

    Hmmm.

    Doesnt this one good signing for Slats mean 2 more bad signings are on the horizon??

  18. NYRanger4Life on

    Sean – agree with you on the Boyle front. Other than Malik, I cant really think of a recent Ranger (with similar size) that never used it to his advantage. Didnt we trade a 2nd round pick for that dud??

    As for Avery, I dont think you’ll be seeing him in Hartford any time soon. He’s a great 3rd / 4th line hybrid player – good speed, decent shot and enough of an agitator to make stay with the team. Also, I think he would be subject to re-entry waivers??

  19. Frolov should work out well, he seems to have a ton of one on one moves, which can’t be said for too many of our players. Keep in mind that the Rangers have been extremely fortunate with injuries (or unfortunate, for those who have wanted to see hartford call-ups). It’s rare that we have a ton of depth with which to work before the season starts — gives the coaching staff a significant amount of options and line combinations heading into camp. Although an unproven MZA and a bitter Frolov are in the mix, a fan can’t be upset by adding around (ballpark/wishful thinking) 90 points for only $4 million dollars.

  20. NYRanger –

    I think your right – he would qual for re-entry waivers. Where do you think we put prospel? I dont really see him as a fourth line kind of guy – With frolov in the mix, add MZA and what do we have or better put: where do we put them – think that torts will go with 7 D for an extra forward? I dont think that is his game – someone else is on the line for trade – got to be. Any thoughts?

  21. NYRanger4Life on

    Sean: Your guess is as good as mine, my friend. Alot of this is going to depend on how good MZA looks in camp and how Torts et all view him. Our top 6, with a little bit of luck, could look like:

    Gabby (wing)
    Frolov (wing)
    AA / Prospal(1st & 2nd line center)
    Dubinsky (wing)
    Cally (wing)

    Possibly: MZA

  22. Liza from LA on

    Just a bit of information you might enjoy from a Kings fan:

    When Avery was on the Kings, Frolov and he were very close. I can’t find it at the moment but in one of the recent LA Kings media guides, Alexander Frolov listed Sean Avery has his “favorite pro athlete”. I wouldn’t be surprised if this had something to do with Fro’s decision.

    Frolov is very skilled but extremely quiet and I think his personality detracts from his play. But when he’s on, he’s on. He should put up some big numbers, though he will definitely be frustrating at times.

    But maybe the change of scenery will spark him a little, because he obviously didn’t want to stay in LA. Things were a little rough between Frolov and the coaching/management and his new contract highlights that. I’d be shocked if the Kings couldn’t have beaten $3M, especially because we have lots of money to burn.

    Good luck on the East, Fro.

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