The Kings are still on the ice for their morning skate, but Dallas coach Marc Crawford just said that Brad Richards will miss tonight’s game with a sore groin. Richards has a team-high nine points (three goals, six assists) in seven games.
Will be interesting to see who replaces him on the line with Handzus and Simmonds. I'm going to guess Moller goes in and the fourth line will be made up of Richardson centering Ivanans and Harrold.
As for Frolov, he reminds me so much of Stumpel. Big body, strong at the puck (at times), great shot but prefers to pass and soft as a cream puff. He's so enigmatic that it gets frustrating watching him because we know just how good he can be but the effort isn't always there. Since he is such an unpredictable asset, I figure Lombardi and Murray's patience is wearing thin. He has to contribute or he's going to find himself in a new sweater in no time.
MURRAY: “I haven’t been happy with Fro’s game for several games. The game the other night is the straw that broke the camel’s back, in my opinion. The turnovers, the careless play… It has to be better, and you have to come out with that high level of intensity..."
Question: Did you talk with him about it?
MURRAY: “Yes, I sure did.’’
Question: Was he receptive to the things you had to say?
MURRAY: (long pause) “There’s nothing coming back. That’s the 10th meeting along those lines, and nothing ever comes back. So, I don’t know.’’
Question: You don’t get any reaction from him?
MURRAY: “There’s no response.’’
Question: Isn’t that kind of troublesome as a coach?
As soon as he made that pass, even before the goal was scored, my immediate thought was bye bye Fro. Too bad, I've enjoyed his time as a King but no way does he get re-signed. Hopefully he's part of a package for some great talent.
I love Frolov, but after reading this it's hard to defend him. He will not be a King after this year.
I think that is part of the Russian/European culture, not to talk back to elders or those in a position of authority. Still, very discouraging that he doesn't respond to challenges from the coaching staff and management.
Hopefully he still has enough value to help the team bring in a player who can chip in with 20-25 goals and provide some grit. Preferably a left handed shot.