Should the Montreal Canadiens Acquire Alexander Frolov from Los Angeles?

Fred PoulinCorrespondent IOctober 21, 2009

UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 12:  Alexander Frolov #24 of the Los Angeles Kings skates during warm-up prior to their NHL game against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on October 12, 2009 in Uniondale, New York. The Kings defeated the Islanders 2-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

After Terry Murray made him a healthy scratch during the Kings’ last game in Dallas, you have to wonder if there is a future for Alexander Frolov in Los Angeles, especially since the Russian left winger is an unrestricted free agent after the 2009-10 season.

With one goal and four assists in eight games, Frolov, according to Murray, doesn’t fit with the Kings’ team concept. Murray said Frolov is lazy, has trouble motivating himself, and doesn’t play with his teammates.

Frolov doesn’t seem to like Murray very much as it was his first healthy scratch in years, which you can see in Rich Hammond’s blog: .

Frolov, 27, has recorded 150 goals and 185 assists for 335 points in 463 career games (a 0.72 PPG rate). The Russian left winger scored 30 goals twice in his career, and had his best season in 2006-07 with 35 goals while playing with Michael Cammalleri.

Now a Montreal Canadien, Cammalleri has yet to gel with his new linemates Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez, which has led to a lack of goals scored for the Canadiens’ lackluster offense. Cammalleri has only one goal and five assists in eight games for the Habs and their offense is ranked 28th in the NHL with a 1.95 GPG average. The lack of scoring depth has hurt the team all season long as the second line of Tomas Plekanec, Andrei Kostitsyn, and Max Pacioretty has been unproductive so far.

The Canadiens need a productive offensive player to complete their top-six as Pacioretty is not ready to contribute consistently at the NHL level. The American rookie needs more seasoning in the AHL in order to have an impact with le Bleu Blanc Rouge in the near future.

Same thing with forward Guillaume Latendresse, who’s more of a checking player than a natural scorer as he has yet to score more than 18 goals per season in the NHL. So far, Pacioretty and Latendresse have combined for a mere two points in 16 games this season.

Frolov’s current salary is $4 million with an affordable cap hit of $2.9 million. Even with the signing of Marc-Andre Bergeron, the Habs have plenty of room to add such a salary by putting their star defenseman Andrei Markov on the long-term injury list.

Now the real question is, what would Kings GM Dean Lombardi ask to let his prized left winger go?

The Kings have very good prospects in the AHL and the CHL in the likes of forwards Andrei Loktionov, Oscar Moller, Justin Azevedo, Juraj Mikus, and Brayden Schenn. On defense, they have Thomas Hickey, Colbin Teubert, and Vyacheslav Voinov only a few seasons away from graduating. Finally, Jonathan Bernier is their goalie of the future.

This leads me to suspect that Lombardi would likely ask for one or two roster players and a high draft pick for Frolov. Is Montreal’s GM Bob Gainey ready to give that much for a top-six winger?

What would you give in order to acquire Frolov? The Kostitsyn brothers? D’Agostini? Pacioretty?