Alexander Frolov agrees to terms with New York Rangers
As expected, left winger Alexander Frolov, who has spent all seven of his NHL seasons with the Kings, agreed to terms with the New York Rangers on Tuesday.
Frolov, 28, and the Rangers agreed to a one-year, $3-million deal. He made $4 million last year but had a disappointing season (19 goals, 32 assists in 81 games), scoring fewer than 20 goals for the first time since his rookie year.
The Kings initially made no offer to retain Frolov before he became a free agent but later approached him about staying in Los Angeles after their pursuit of Ilya Kovalchuk and another player fell through. By then, however, Frolov had already received an offer from the Rangers.
He should provide a potent complement to Marian Gaborik on New York's top line.
“Alex is a highly skilled player who we feel will play a key role in improving our offense and play in all situations,” Rangers General Manager Glen Sather said in a statement. “He is strong competitor and has the ability to play either wing position.”
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Photo: Alexander Frolov in 2008. Credit: Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times