A pair of tweets set the Rangersphere aflutter late Sunday night with word that the New York Rangers were interested in talented Russian winger Alexander Frolov. The first came from Genadi Boguslavski (@GenadiB), a Montreal-based reporter for the Russian publication Sovietsky Sport, who tweeted the vague statement “New York Rangers talks with Alexander Frolov agent.”
The second tweet, a few hours later, came from fellow Sovietsky Sport correspondent Dmitry Chesnokov (@dchesnokov), who shared: “Frolov’s agent said the #NYR are very interested in Frolov. Agent also said in the last 2 days the Kings also made inquiries.”
Both reporters’ tweets stem from an interview with Frolov’s Russian agent, Sergei Isakov, which appeared on Russian web site Sportsdaily.ru Sunday night and was picked up by other sports publications shortly thereafter.
It’s too late and I’m too tired to translate the interview word-for-word, but here are the highlights: Isakov says that, although they’ve talked, there have been no serious negotiations with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL regarding his client, and that for the time being all negotiations with Russian teams have been suspended while Frolov concentrates on a possible return to the Los Angeles Kings. According to Isakov, the Kings have shown a renewed interest in his client in the past two days, and Frolov’s North American agent Don Meehan is currently negotiating a new contract with the club for which Frolov has played each of his previous seven NHL seasons.
However, Isakov also throws in the following: “The New York Rangers have also showed great interest in Frolov. It’s quite possible that Sasha will continue his career in New York.”
Now, my gut says that Los Angeles is Frolov’s prefered destination and that this little tidbit about the Rangers’ interest was merely dropped in to help his client’s case in negotiations with the Kings.
But it could also be the other way around. There have been rumors of the Rangers’ interest in the two-time 30+ goal scorer for weeks. It could be Frolov’s camp isn’t getting the money or term they’re looking for from the Rangers and are simply trying to up the ante with claims of the Kings’ renewed interest.
Then again, maybe an agent is just being one hundred percent honest and forthright regarding interest being shown towards his client.
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