2010 NHL free agency: Rangers sign Alexander Frolov

alexanderfrolov2.jpgIt was rumored about yesterday and today it’s official. Former Kings star forward Alexander Frolov has signed with the New York Rangers. While the Rangers didn’t release details of the contract, Arthur Staple of New York Newsday tweeted the details for us.

Frolov signs a 1-year, $3-millon deal with NYRangers. Turned down four years, $20-mil from khl.

That’s a lot of scratch to say “no” to from the league in your home country. As for what Frolov can do for the Rangers, he can score goals. Twice he’s been a 30+ goal scorer with the Kings and he’s a pure offensive player. For the Rangers, that’s exactly what they need and getting a complimentary player for Marian Gaborik will help them out immensely. If you’re stressing about whether Frolov can contribute to the penalty kill, perhaps your priorities in thinking about what the Rangers desperately need are misaligned.

Last season with Los Angeles, Frolov ran into some bad luck scoring just 19 goals while seeing his shooting percentage drop by four percent compared to his career average. While $3 million dollars isn’t exactly cheap, the Rangers are buying low on a guy that has had a bit of a roller coaster ride year to year with his goal scoring.

The other part of this signing that leads to questions for the Rangers is what happens with their salary cap. With Frolov on board, the Rangers salary cap gets a lot tighter and they’ve still got restricted free agent Marc Staal to get re-signed yet. The Rangers have declared that they’ll match any offer for Staal, so who is the odd man out in New York? Salary cap logic tells us that all signs point to Wade Redden being sent away to the AHL to hide his wretched contract worth $6.5 million against the cap.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.