Has Alexander Frolov Found a New Home?

Vince RichardsCorrespondent IJuly 26, 2010

SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 04:  Alexander Frolov #24 of the Los Angeles Kings warms up on the ice before their game against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion on January 4, 2010 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Alexander Frolov has become one of the more notable players on the Los Angeles Kings, but with an expired contract will Frolov find his way back to Los Angeles?

It's now 26 days into the NHL free agency and the Kings have made no attempts to reconnect with the Russian winger. Frolov just completed the final year of his four-year contract that earned him $14.5 million.

In 2006-2007, Frolov had a career high in goals (35) and points (71), but has seen his point totals go down ever since from 71 to 67 to 59, and then to 51. Frolov will get paid at least $4 million from the Kings for the final year of his contract, but now since his deal with L.A. is done and his production has been going south, who might be willing to take a chance on Frolov?

Sources say Frolov has been linked to the New York Rangers, but nothing is official yet. Other than the Rangers, the only rumored destination for Frolov is the KHL in his home country of Russia.

If the lifelong King does decide to head east to New York, he will most likely find himself on one of the top two lines. The Rangers are in need of a scoring forward due to the loss of Olli Jokinen, and Frolov is perfectly capable of getting the job done.

It’s unclear whether Frolov has an interest in staying in Los Angeles, but the lifelong Kings winger will most likely sign with the New York Rangers within the next couple days.