Saturday, May 14, 2011

The NYR Facts Of Life: #31 Alex Frolov

For each player who suited up in a Blueshirt this season we will take the good, we will take the bad and take them both and see what we have. And this time around we started with the high numbers and are up to #31, Alex Frolov.

#31's #s: 43 games, 7 goals, 9 assists, 4, 8 PIM.

Take the good: Frolov's contract was only for one season. The Rangers posted a record of 4-1-1 when he tallied a goal ... do the math, he scored in six games. Six. The Russian surprisingly wasn't allergic to backchecking. He renewed the art of the wraparound.

Take the bad: He couldn't score on the damned move. Frolov teased us with a sexy goal on Fatso during the preseason and then proceeded to stink up the joint with halfhearted wraparound after halfhearted wraparound. The supposed goal scorer had droughts of seven, 10 and 11 games. He averaged over two minutes of power play time a game over his 43 and yet managed one, ONE power play point - an assist. He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, a second degree sprain of his medial collateral ligament and a medial meniscus tear in his right knee on January 8th at St. Louis ... sadly, this probably belongs in the good as it gave ice time to players who may have a future with the club.

Take them both and then we have: The Rangers hoped a change of scenery from L.A. could solve his slumping and it simply didn't work. Perhaps Avangard Omsk in the KHL will have better luck.

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