The Rangers and free agent forward Alexander Frolov agreed to a one-year deal worth $3 million today.

AP



The 28-year-old Frolov, who had spent his entire seven-season career with the Los Angeles Kings, gives the Rangers a potential 30-goal scorer at a pretty reasonable price. This deal, however, complicates things with the Rangers and their tight position under the salary cap. The Blueshirts are still yet to come to terms with defenseman Marc Staal, one of the best young defenders and well on the way to becoming a top shutdown defenseman in the NHL. The article I linked to was published a month ago – and both sides still aren’t close to getting a deal accomplished. If that deal doesn’t get gone, Sather needs to be shown the door.

Back to Frolov: the highly-skilled forward, who can play effectively at either wing position, improves the Rangers offense that struggled to score all season and ranked 16th in the NHL in goals-per-game. Frolov has surpassed the 20-goal mark in five of his seven NHL campaigns – including two 30-goal seasons in 2006-07 and 2008-09. Frolov has skated in 536 career regular season contests with the Kings, registering 168 goals and 213 assists for 381 points. He has recorded 24 multi-goal games in his career, including three career hat-tricks.