Agent: Frolov about to sign with New York Rangers
Monday July 26th 2010, 6:23 pm

UPDATE 7/27/2010: The Rangers have announced the signing of Alexander Frolov.  As expected, it’s a one year deal and will pay him $3 million.

In an interview with Sovietsky Sport, Alexander Frolov’s Russian agent, Sergei Isakov, claims that his client is close to signing a one-year deal with the New York Rangers.  Here’s a quick-and-dirty translation of the pertinent parts of their conversation:

His Agent Sergei Isakov makes no secret: “Alexander Frolov is just about to sign a contract with the New York Rangers.   He’s made the decision that he’ll play another season in the NHL.  And then we’ll see where he’ll continue his career.”

- Did Los Angeles also want to keep Frolov?  After all, he spent seven seasons with that team…

- The Kings have once again begun slow-moving negotiations with Alexander.  I think  Los Angeles is still concentrating on signing Kovalchuk.  There’s a great chance that Ilya will once again become an unrestricted free agent.  So it turned out that Frolov’s fate in Los Angeles depended on someone else’s.  And that’s unpleasant.

- Especially since the Kings openly spoiled Alexander’s last season, criticizing him harshly, sending him from the first line to the third, sitting him on the bench.  That doesn’t allow you to show your normal game.

- Don’t you really know how they treat people in the NHL?  If a player is in the last year of a contract, they need to spoil his season in order to subsequently not [have to] sign him for big money.  That’s what they did with Frolov.

- It was kind of tough.  You as an agent understand that Frolov’s price on the market has fallen sharply now.

- Naturally. Therefore the contract with the Rangers is only for one season.  In general this situation is similar to that which happened to Maxim Afinogenov last year, when he signed a contract with Atlanta.

- A forward worth a few million dollars played for 800 thousand.

- Clearly.  But one needs to sacrifice something to get something in the future.  I think that Afinogenov had a great season.  And now his price on the market has increased.

- It’s unlikely Frolov himself was burning with desire to play for Los Angeles in the presence of such attitudes towards him.

- I didn’t have that conversation with him, so I can’t categorically say.  Especially now that Frolov is already almost in New York.  He’s gone from one major American city to another, only in the East.  A big metropolis, with a lot of temptations.

- Did Alexander consider the option of returning to Russia seriously?

- I negotiated with a few clubs.  But you must respect the decision of the player.  God willing, Frolov will make his career in the NHL.

Stay tuned…

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On Frolov and his future in New York
Monday July 26th 2010, 1:09 am

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 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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Pavol Demitra: Almost a Ranger
Friday July 16th 2010, 12:33 pm

On Thursday, news came down the wire that 35-year old NHL free agent center Pavol Demitra had signed with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv of the KHL.  Prior to the signing, Demitra had been rumored to be on the Rangers radar as a possible fit to play with his good friend and Blueshirts forward Marion Gaborik.  Demitra confirmed those rumors in an interview with Russian publication Sport-Express on Friday, explaining that a deal had been reached in principle, but delays on the part of the club ultimately lead him to sign in Russia.

Of the options in the NHL the most interesting was from the Rangers.  I was interested in playing on attack with my friend Marion Gaborik.  But the offer from New York constantly changed because they tried to get under the salary cap.  I was offered a very complex contract which included various bonuses. In principle, everything suited me, but the Rangers representatives delayed negotiations without explanation.  And we reached the agreement with Yaroslavl in a few minutes.  I took a week to think it over, and on  Thursday I signed the contract.

The 16-year NHL veteran will travel to Yaroslavl on Tuesday to familiarize himself with his new club before returning home to Slovakia to prepare for the upcoming season.  He’ll join Lokomotiv for the season on August 20th.

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