The New York Rangers officially signed Alexander Frolov to a one year $3 million contract.
It is a good contract as Frolov was seeking upwards of $5 million per year for a multi-year contract. He definitely got at least that much from the KHL but he decided to stay in the NHL.
Frolov was a somewhat inconsistent goal scorer, scoring 20 something goals one year and 30 goals the next. He is supposed to be a two-way player, but is as inconsistent on the defensive end as he is in scoring goals. He is quite tall but is underweight and so has a hard time using his body.
The contract is a very low risk contract for both sides. $3 million is about what a 20 goal scorer gets and since he scored 19 last year it seems fair were it not for the flashes of brilliance he shows every other year that lets him score 30.
Also, as it is only a one year contract, it is like the Afinogenov contract in that now he can prove himself to get that bigger contract. Although Afinogenov proved himself and still is not able to get that contract, Frolov hopes for a better situation.
With John Tortorella coaching, the Rangers don't expect him to take any crap from Frolov. He knows he needs to get his players to perform better and compete for the Stanley Cup. Ever since the Rangers had players like Gretzky, Leetch, and Messier, they have only thought of winning the cup. There is no consolation prize for them.
Personally, I think this is a great signing for both the club and the organization. I don't know why the Rangers did not make it a multi-year deal for this amount, as it is dirt cheap.
I guess they don't know which Frolov they are getting, the one that scores 30 goals, or the one who does not care and scores only 19.