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01-21-2005, 12:49 AM
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bland
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Clearly, the only only thing worth noting in this thread is just how little the responding Sens fans know about Alexander Frolov.

Frolov "not even close" to Havlat?

Frolov a center?

Dustin Brown AND Lubomir Visnovsky not enough for Havlat?


Please, these statements are either factually untrue or just plain ridiculous.

Martin Havlat is exceptionally skilled, and will continue to prove so.

Alexander Frolov may not have the flashy skills of Havlat, but the kid scored 24 goals on a team with a revolving door line up, and was, in fact, the most defensively responsible forward on a team with very little, well, anything.

It's an interesting proposal because both players would command a similar return in negotiations with other teams. Frolov is already the more complete player, and this is coming from a West Coast Kings and Sens fan who rarely misses an Ottawa game on Center Ice. Right now, I'd expect Havlat to provide 20-25 more points a season than Frolov, but two years from now the difference between their offensive numbers shouldn't be so overwhelming. Frolov's defensive presence, ability to play in heavy traffic, and board play is enough to make these players at least of equal value, with a leaning towards Frolov.

The trade makes much more sense from a Sens perspective than the Kings'. Ottawa improves an area of weakness (LW, and a player who can thrive in physically challenging situations), but it would be at best a lateral move for Los Angeles (maybe more offense, but without the intangibles Frolov provides).

Please note that while Frolov may only be entering his third season, he is not an unknown quantity. His growth as a player has been consitent and obvious, and as a long suffering Kings' fan, it has been an absolute pleasure to watch him develop so quickly. He has no weaknesses, and is on pace to become a 30-goal, 70-75 point player in his next season.

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