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It’s Official: Frolov Signs with the Rangers

As per everyone on Twitter, the Rangers have officially signed UFA Alex Frolov to a one year, $3 million deal. Frolov chose this deal over a four year, $20 million deal to play in the KHL. The 28 year old LW adds legitimate scoring from the left side, something the Rangers didn’t have prior. It also gives the Rangers much more depth in the top-six forwards, and provides some help for Marian Gaborik.

This is a very solid deal for the Rangers. No long term commitment was needed, the contract itself is cheap, and it adds some secondary scoring and flexibility in the roster. If coach John Tortorella decides to keep the Vinny Prospal-Brandon Dubinsky-Marian Gaborik line in tact, then Frolov slides to the second line with either Erik Christensen or Artem Anisimov, and most likely Ryan Callahan. With Frolov on the roster, Sean Avery slides to his best role, as a third line winger.

Some will say that the move “blocks the youth”. To that, I say bull. It’s a one year deal, and it’s not like any of the top-six prospects are ready. The likes of Derek Stepan and Evgeny Grachev will need a full season in Hartford. If they impress, then it’s a situation any fan would want to see the Rangers in. A situation with too many skilled players is better than a situation without enough.

Update: With Frolov signed, the Rangers have $1.4 million remaining under the $59.4 salary cap. They also have about $6.8 million remaining on the summer cap. There is more than enough room to sign Marc Staal this summer. However, to fit the team under the cap, some salary needs to go.

The Depth Chart has been updated.

13 Responses to “It’s Official: Frolov Signs with the Rangers”

  1. Bettman's Nightmare says:

    A one-year deal NEVER blocks the youth. I agree.

    • jurgenno88 says:

      this is great business. I hope he’s a success and is worth keeping. In 12 months he can replace Prospal, Kreider/Grachev/other prospect can slide in behind him.

  2. Dave says:

    With the $3 million, the Rangers cannot sign Staal without dumping salary, presumably Redden.

    • jurgenno88 says:

      so either we live in terrible fear that Staal is gone or we live in sheer ecstacy that Redden is Hartford bound! can they pass him straight through to the ECHL where he cant be a bad influence?!

      Im pretty confident Sather will continue his strong offseason and get Staal under contract but until that happens we’ll all be nervous.

  3. Mark says:

    This is a great deal by Sather… I thought he would get it done for a little less, but as long as he re signs Stall it shouldn’t matter. This is like the deal Afiiganov got for Atlanta (more money) and he thrived so I would look for big things from Frolov. Great Power play with Frolov and Gabby out there. We needed a guy who can finish and with those 2 and hopefully AA, Dubi, and Cally progressing we may have a pretty lethal Power play unit, which is a lot better then what we looked like last year

  4. Jordan says:

    Excellent deal all around. Well done, Slats.

  5. Section 121 says:

    I am ecstatic!

  6. Dave says:

    This really is a low risk, high reward deal. Slats is generally good at those.

  7. Mikeyyyy says:

    I disagree on this one. Not with signing him. But with actually giving the kids a shot this year

    while it does not impede long term. Short term means we won’t see weise or grachev this year in the bigs.

    Unless there see more deals to be made

    • jerry says:

      i have a feeling sather has a big move coming for a first line center.

      • jurgenno88 says:

        i think Sather is comfortable with EC/AA/Dubi/Prospal rotating at center in the top 6. I think by strengthening the wing spot he’s done.

  8. jurgenno88 says:

    Mikeyyy; its prob best Stepan and Grachev get a year in the A anyway. Grachev needs to gain confidence and dominate like AA did. This is a good move.
    If Frolov has a good year then he can stay and replace Prospal while Kreider/Grachev come on board. its a nice rate of progression

  9. Jeremy says:

    Even if this is Zherdev take two, that wouldn’t be bad. Z had 25 goals. And he didn’t have Gaborik on the other side. Low risk, high reward, not blocking anyone, great signing