For those who have not watched the Los Angeles Kings play over the last couple of seasons, Alex Frolov is something of a tease.
He has great skills, great hockey sense and great vision, but lacks motivation most nights.
Having said that, I believe Alex Frolov will deliver wherever it was he was going to play this season, except if he had resigned with the Kings.
The reason being is that I believe Frolov just needed a change. A change he got when he signed a one-year deal to join the Blueshirts for the 2010-11 NHL season.
Before even thinking of what line he might play on, Frolov on a team with Marion Gaborik is exciting. There is certainly a good chance that Frolov could do very well in Blue this season. It will come down to how he fits in and I believe he fits this team well.
But the question will remain: is Frolov a good fit for this club?
Frolov turned down a longer term deal in order to gamble on a one-year deal.
Risky, maybe... but at least the pressure to succeed shouldn't come from the fact that he is a big ticket signing, making lots of dough for a long period of time, or in other words they're not stuck with each other if this doesn't pan out.
Some players excel under different pressure and Frolov should get more than enough ice time to show the Rangers faithful that he is going to be a contributing member of this team.
He will also be coming in to NYC from LA where it might not be the same, but could draw similar comparisons around the style trends and night life of both cities. Frolov likes designer duds, so look out Sean Avery!
If things don't work out, then the option is there to move on. In the end not a bad move by either side.
Maybe the question should be how does Alex Frolov contribute?