Well, here’s some news that was inevitable. Alexander Frolov has signed a 3-year deal with HC Avangard Omsk of the KHL in Russia, according to the team’s website.
Frolov said at the beginning of the season that he had received offers from “multiple teams in Europe” but that he wanted to give it one last shot in the NHL. Well, that shot was with our Rangers, and it didn’t exactly go too well. Frolov was relatively invisible for the 43 games he played with the team, scoring 7 goals and adding 9 assists. A torn ACL concluded his season much earlier than he would have wanted. The Rangers were hoping he could regain that 25-30 goal ability he had shown in years past with the Los Angeles Kings, but it just didn’t simply work out no matter with whom he was playing with. Let’s not discount what contributions he did make, though, even if they were minor. At a time when the Rangers were hit hard with forward injuries, Frolov was there to at least give the team some offensive talent to balance out the Kris Newbury’s and Chad Kolarik’s that Tortorella was forced to use. Frolov’s best game with the Rangers by far was his 2 goal, 2 assist performance against the Edmonton Oilers. No hard feelings, Alex. At only 1 year for 3 million, it was an attempt to find something in the bargain bin and it just didn’t work out.