Last night, Alex Frolov appeared to have a lower body injury, when he skated gingerly towards the New York Rangers bench in the third period of a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues. A few minutes later, he would take one more shift, earning the post-game praise of analyst Kevin Weekes, who said the character Frolov showed in even trying to continue the game embodied what this Rangers season has been like. It now appears that this will be Frolov’s last shift as a Ranger, with the team announcing that he has a torn ACL, second degree sprain of the MCL, and slight medial meniscus tear, and is done for the season.
Either way, Frolov was not going to be wearing Ranger blue next season. The two-time 30 goal scorer who struggled last season was a no-loss gamble by the Rangers this past summer, as his $3 million, one-way contract really did not cost the team much. There was no budding youth whose spot he was stealing, and they had the money to take a chance with him. But much like Chris Higgins did last season, Frolov came with a lot of potential and just did not pan out. By late October, I was already calling him out, as most Ranger bloggers were (the article has only now be linked on Yahoo’s Puck Daddy).
I was never a fan of the Frolov signing, as just days after he was signed, I said he was not the answer to the Rangers’ problems, but nevertheless, I still held out hope that he could put up at least 20 goals, even if I never expected him to reach the 30 he did twice while on the Los Angeles Kings. As the season progressed, though, we could tell that neither of those goal totals would be neared, let alone eclipsed.
As Yahoo says, he is currently on pace for a 13 goal season—in 43 games he has only 7 goals and 9 assists. He has played everywhere from the first line with Gaborik, to the fourth line with Boogaard, and even the bench for long stretches, and never looked comfortable. The problem with Higgins as mentioned earlier was not that he looked bad, but that he was snake-bit. He got plenty of chances but couldn’t bury any. With Frolov, he wasn’t even getting any quality chances and when he skated it looked like it was through cement. His nightly wrap-arounds became a joke within the fan base—he seemed to think he had a better chance scoring from behind the net than in front of it. There is no total of how many he took, but he only scored on one this season.
This injury may not spell the end of just his season, but his NHL career, as he was contemplating an offer from a KHL team at the time he signed in New York. I cannot see any team in this league wanting him, so hopefully after a speedy and healthy recovery, he will find a nice career over in Russia. I wish him all the best, just stay the heck away from the Rangers.
P.S: Hundreds of people are now lining up outside of Marcie Braverman’s apartment for a celebration. Please enjoy this music while you map-quest directions to her palace.