January 09, 2011
Alex Frolov signed a 1-year, $3 million deal with the New York Rangers to rehabilitate his image after his production dropped by 13 goals year-to-year with the Los Angeles Kings. The Rangers signed him to juice their offense on the wing and provide able support to Marian Gaborik(notes).
As none of this had happened in 43 games, the end of Frolov's season due to a torn ACL will probably fail to inspire any candlelight vigils in Times Square from Rangers fans.
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that Alex Frolov has suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, a second degree sprain of his medial collateral ligament and a medial meniscus tear in his right knee, and will undergo season-ending surgery.
Frolov was examined by Dr. Andrew Feldman and had an MRI performed earlier today. He sustained the injury during a 2-1 win at St. Louis on Saturday night. Frolov has registered seven goals and nine assists for 16 points, along with eight penalty minutes in 43 games this season.
That put Frolov on pace for a stellar 13-goal season.
Criticism of Frolov began by the end of October, with some saying he squandered his talent and others saying he was simply lazy. He began to bounce around the lineup like a Super Happy Fun Ball, playing his final game with Chris Drury(notes) and Dale Weise(notes). December saw him generate some chances offensively, and Blueshirt Banter wondered if skating against third and fourth liners would have finally turned him around: "Someone of his talent level is going to find success."
Guess we'll never know. Best of luck to Fro in his future endeavors. And by "future endeavors" we of course mean the KHL.