by Patrick Hoffman on 12/07/10 at 05:28 PM ET
Beyond the Blueshirts translated the interview and here is some of what Frolov said:
It’s absolutely unacceptable to me that that I spend 7-8 minutes a game on the ice, especially on an energy line. It’s just not my game, which I told the coach candidly. But there are no personal problems between me and him. I’m not a quarrelsome person. Even in our recent conversation there was no swearing or raised voices. Nobody blamed anyone, we simply discussed the situation. The coach promised that soon everything will change, I just need to be a little patient and work harder in practice.
Excuse me, Mr. Frolov, but when you have just 11 points (5 goals and 6 assists) and have been given multiple opportunities on productive lines, you should not be complaining about the ice time you have been given from head coach John Tortorella.
Up to this point in the season, Frolov has been a complete bust for the Blueshirts. Many fans are probably trying to compare this to when the team signed Nikolai Zherdev back in 2008 and with good reason. If these same fans remember correctly, Zherdev managed to lead the team in scoring that season, something that Frolov has no chance of doing unless he goes on an unbelievable tear.
More often that not, he’s been invisible during games while also trying the same wraparound move game in and game out to no avail. Frolov needs to find a way to mix it up a bit if he wants to put some points up on the board.
Even though he is complaining about ice time, he set up a meeting with Tortorella and revealed the following:
A couple of days ago I initiated a private conversation with our head coach, [John] Tortorella, during which he claimed that he has nothing against me personally, and is simply trying to find some new [line] combinations. He said that the distribution of playing time depends only on that.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Frolov going forward, eh?
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