Thursday, May 12, 2011

Alex Frolov Signs HC Avangard Omsk of KHL

In the least surprising news of the day category, Alexander Frolov has signed to play in the KHL.  The deal is reportedly for three years with HC Avangard Omsk, according to the team’s website.  While Frolov looking to get his career back led him to the KHL is not surprising, the fact that Omsk would commit to a three-year pact with him at this point is somewhat shocking.  Given both his declining play and shredded knee that he will be coming back from that seems like a gamble, though financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Frolov’s time with the Rangers was a disappointment as he only recorded seven goals and nine assists in his 43 games for the Blueshirts.  He was expected to give them at least 20 goals and 50 points as a secondary scorer to pair with Marian Gaborik, but that never materialized before his season was ended by the knee injury.  The only thing that saved Glen Sather from more criticism with Frolov’s deal was the fact that he only had a one year pact with the forward.  The move was a low-risk, high-reward gamble for Sather and the Rangers and it just didn’t work as well as either side had hoped.
The more intriguing question now might be whether Frolov gets to play with Jaromir Jagr in Omsk next season or if Jagr is coming back to the NHL instead.  Check out this morning’s take on what Jagr could still bring to the Rangers.