With Alex Frolov gone for the season with a torn-up right knee that will require surgery, the Rangers today called up playmaking center Kris Newbury, who is tied for 11th in scoring in the AHL with 35 points in 41 games.
Frolov’s right knee was twisted in the third period of the team’s 2-1 win in St. Louis on Saturday when Brad Winchester fell against it. He went to the dressing room and attempted one more shift, but did not return. His ACL was torn, his MCL sprained and meniscus torn as well.
The 28-year-old left wing has had a disappointing season since signing a one-year, $3-million free agent contract on July 26. The former Los Angeles King, who twice had scored 30-plus goals, has just seven goals and nine assists in 43 games.
Frolov began the year on the No. 1 line with Marian Gaborik, but recently has been dropped to the fourth line with Chris Drury and Dale Weise. He is pointless in his last seven games, had a 10-game drought from Nov. 22 thru Dec. 11 and his last goal was on against Tampa on Dec. 23. He is expect to undergo surgery this week.
Newbury, 28, whose 30 assists are tied for third in the league, was acquired from the Red Wings last March in exchange for Jordan Owens. He had played 48 games for Detroit over four seasons, with four goals and three assists. The Ontario native will play on Tuesday as the Rangers (25-15-3) seek their fourth straight win when Montreal visits the Garden.