Sunday, December 12, 2010

Rumor: Rangers Trying To Deal Frolov

In news that will come as a shock to no one who follows the New York Rangers the team is said to be attempting to trade summer signing Alex Frolov.  This was bound to happen soon anyway, but Frolov may have served to speed up the process with his heart to heart in the Russian news complaining about his ice time over the past week.  In a move that can only be justified as an attempt to showcase Frolov for other prospective clubs since his whining in the press Frolov has been moved up from the fourth to the third line and being inserted into power play minutes neither of which he has earned with his play.  The speculation of this comes from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun and the full comment is the following:
The Rangers are trying to move LW Alex Frolov to just about anybody. They don't want much in return for Frolov, who was signed as a UFA in the off-season to a one-year, $3-million deal. GM Glen Sather is having a hard time finding any takers and Frolov didn't help matters by complaining to a Russian journalist about his ice time last week. It's believed the Senators looked at Frolov, but they don't need any more soft forwards
To say that the Rangers are not looking for much in return for Frolov should be considered an understatement cause a bag of pucks would be of more use right now to the club.  As long as they do not take on any players with additional years on their contract I do not think anyone really cares who they get for him, though I would personally rather have a draft pick.  I presume a lot of teams will be hesitant and while the Russian article might have hurt Frolov with the Rangers it certainly did not help his trade value as any future team now has to be wary of this kind of behavior.  There are enough teams struggling to score that I presume eventually one of them will take the gamble on Frolov, but it could take longer than Rangers fans are prepared to wait.