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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Rangers upgraded their offensive capabilities yesterday by signing left wing Alexander Frolov to a one-year, $3 million deal that is not only cap-friendly but should serve as motivation for a player looking to build leverage in the market.
There is nothing negative about the signing of the 28-year-old winger whose personally disappointing 51-point season (19-32) in Los Angeles would have made him the Rangers’ third-leading scorer and whose contract leaves general manager Glen Sather enough cap space with which to maneuver.
The Blueshirts currently have approximately $6.7 million of space under the summer cap with which to sign restricted free agent Marc Staal and perhaps another defenseman.
Watch getting to know Frolov below…
from the New York Rangers,
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.
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.”
added 12:09pm, via Arthur Staple tweet,
Frolov signs a 1-year, $3-millon deal with #NYRangers. Turned down four years, $20-mil from khl.
Of course, most of us have dealt with Russian reports before, so let’s wait to see where this goes.
added 6:11pm, via Craig Custance tweet,
Was told Rangers and Alexander Frolov are “in discussions” but deal isn’t done just yet.
added 6:43pm, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The New York Rangers are on the verge of signing unrestricted free agent winger Alexander Frolov, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com Monday evening.
The two sides were close to a deal Monday evening with the term of the contract still yet to be agreed upon by the two sides, the source said.
Frolov made $4 million last season and his salary cap hit was $2.9 million.
from edbreadsaid at the Sporting News,
One can only imagine the thrill of being young, rich and a handsome big league hockey player plying his trade in the Big Apple New York, New York. Many of the Rangers reveled in the lifestyle their celebrity granted them. Although not the street corner heroes they would have been had they played in Canada, they found a different type of status here in the playground of the rich and famous. Appearances on talk shows, winning tables at the best restaurants and staying out late at the trendiest discos were Big Apple perks. Over time many players have come to New York and reaped its rewards and just as many have had to leave because of them. Donny Murdoch was one of the latter.
Don Murdoch or ‘Murder’ as the Ranger fans tagged him was the son of a welder who tore up his junior league making him the toast of Medicine Hat, Alberta. The Rangers made him their first pick in the 1976 draft. Lavishing much money on Don he, with his signing bonus, bought his sister and father new cars, put money in Dads account to start a new business and promptly bought himself an $11,000.oo corvette to go with his posh apartment in Long Island. The media loved him. He was a poster boy for sport. With his long hair and dimples there were plenty of groupies and fans tripping all over him to the extent where fans brought him gifts. He even danced with Margaret Trudeau.
You saw that there were some teams taking advantage of guys in New York; you could see that just watching highlights. That probably won’t be happening as much now.”
-Derek Boogaard of the New York Rangers. More on Boogaard from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press.
“Our goal has always been to try and develop our own players to build a core group of players that are going to grow up together. It takes time to develop players, and it takes time for them to develop into National Hockey League players. But there are some kids that are really starting to come in the right direction now.”
-Glen Sather, President & GM of the New York Rangers. More from Jim Cerny at Rangers.com.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Tell me the name of the stud cen ter or blue-chip de fenseman in his prime coming up on unrestricted free agency for whom the Rangers should reserve cap space and thus bypass Ilya Kovalchuk.
Tell me the names of the Entry Level kids within the organization for whom general managerGlen Sather will need to reserve space to sign once the deal is done with Marc Staal.
Because I don’t see any Drew Doughtys or Duncan Keiths or Nicklas Backstroms on the depth chart, that’s for sure.
Tell me you aren’t attempting to make an analogy between the Rangers adding the 27-year-old Kovalchuk this summer, and adding the 28-year-old, already-multiply-concussed Eric Lindros in 2001, or between signing Ilya now and signing the 31-year-old, already-fried Theo Fleury in 1999.
Regardless of whether Sather, who has been in touch with the Kovalchuk camp this weekend, ramps up his interest in Ilya and joins the dance, do not tell me that the Rangers need to reserve his spot for a younger player.
“We’re still moving forward, we’re not finished. There are other opportunities still out there, moves we’d like to make. There have been constant phone calls everyday for probably a month. We’ve been hard at it.”
-New York Rangers GM Glen Sather today after making one trade and signing RFA Dan Girardi. More from Andrew Gross of Rangers Rants.
The Ducks have acquired left wings Aaron Voros and Ryan Hillier from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Steve Eminger.
Voros, 29 (7/2/81), played in 41 games with the New York Rangers in 2009-10, scoring 3-4=7 points with 89 penalty minutes (PIM). He had a career-high 8-8=16 points with 122 PIM in 54 games with the Rangers in 2008-09.
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