As retweeted last night, Russian reports are indicating that UFA Alexander Frolov has drawn interest from the Rangers and Kings. The left wing, who just turned 28, has scored 30-plus goals twice in his seven-year NHL career with the Kings and is perhaps the most tantalizing offensive force left on the FA market. He earned $4 million last season.
When it appeared the Kings were going to sign Ilya Kovalchuk, the Rangers were inquiring about Frolov, who had 19 goals last season and had been shopped by the Kings at the trade deadline, sources said.
But with the Kings out of the Kovy chase and then missing out on Simon Gagne, they have the $$$ to bring Frolov back, if he wants to remain in LA. That's the X factor. The Rangers would have to clear some cap space and likely would offer a short-term deal. (Follow me at twitter.com/stevezipay.)
I'm on vacation for couple weeks and will check in occasionally, but wanted to open up a page for discussion. Should the Rangers grab Frolov if possible? At what cost?
The other members of Newsday's hockey scribblers team, Katie Strang and Arthur Staple, will be keeping tabs on developments while I'm away.....