New York Rangers: Be Happy With Alexander Frolov in New York

July 27th, 2010 by Matthew Calamia Leave a reply »
Listen, Ranger fans, be happy with today's signing of left winger Alexander Frolov.

He brings secondary scoring to a team that literally had none. After Marian Gaborik's 40-plus goals, Vinny Prospal and Brandon Dubinsky were tied for second with 20.

If nothing more, be happy that this should shore up Wade Redden's demotion to Hartford, along with making the final defenseman spot Ryan McDonagh's to lose. This is, in a way, addition by subtraction, while still adding a pretty solid piece.

Frolov's contract is no-risk, high-reward. Many people have drawn comparisons to the Nik Zherdev trade two seasons ago, but here the team is losing nothing but money, and not much of it. $3 million for a former two-time 30-goal scorer is a steal.

Expect his goal production to increase dramatically while playing with Gaborik and Erik Christensen, who is a very talented playmaker. There is no reason Frolov shouldn't net at least 30 if he stays healthy.

Also, unlike Zherdev, he wants to play here. There were times where Nik Zherdev just disappeared, and seemed like a high school senior going through the motions waiting for the season to end to ...

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