Trade Specs: Frolov and 2nd Round Pick For Rangers 19th Overall and Lauri Korpikoski
I made a pitch for Frolov at this years trade deadline. He's a perfect fit for the Rangers as he's a big strong goal scoring winger who most importantly has low cap hit. Frolov has notched 30 or more goals twice in the past three seasons. He's believed to be available for trade and if the Kings do decide to go after Dany Heatley, there's little doubt Frolov would be involved. It should be said first that this trade is completely dependant on what direction Dean Lombardi is going to take the Kings this season. There was a wide spread rumor that he had traded his 5th overall pick and Jack Johnson for Chris Pronger but it was shot down by Lombardi himself. A trade of that magnitude would signal that the Kings are no longer rebuilding and looking to stockpile draft picks and young talent. However, if Lombardi is looking for one more year of development and rebuilding, this trade would be perfect sense.
The Kings would get the Rangers 19th overall pick which would give them two 1st round picks. They would also get Lauri Korpikoski who is a solid 3rd liner at this stage of his young career. There has been some talk amongst Rangers fans that Sather should trade down since they are in a weak draft position for what they need.
In return the Rangers would get Alexander Frolov who scored 32 goals this past season, more than anyone on the Rangers current roster. Most importantly though, the Rangers get cap friendly scoring depth. Frolov's cap hit is only $2.9 million (although his salary is $4 million for next season). The Rangers would also get the Kings 2nd round pick to go along with their own 2nd rounder that was given in compensation for Alexei Cherepanov.