As it says in the title, this is completely hypothetical. I'm not sure I'd do this, just asking for opinions because I think it's interesting to see what people think.
As of today, would you do Frolov for Zherdev straight up?
So far, Frolov has 2 goals and 2 assists in 7 games. He carries a $3M cap hit. Zherdev on the other hand has 2 goals and 0 assists through 9 games, and carries a $2M cap hit. Both are on one year deals.
Please, I'm not bringing this up so we can start great Zherdev debate again, I'm just curious as to if Ranger fans would take this deal.
Cap wise, Frolov is an extra million on the cap hit. Both are on one year deals. Zherdev is younger. They are pretty even. For some reason, I'd prefer Frolov even though the stats do not indicate anything drastic. Frolov has a couple of 30 goal seasons.
nope - i hate zherdev, he's a ****ing disgrace to the game. he legit has the talent to be a top 5 forward in the game yet for some reason he's mentally incapable of bring his best effort every night or even throughout the course of a game. i dont know whether its an attitude problem or a confidence problem, but I dont see the bonus of bringing in wasted talent to a team that is starving for offensive talent. every team he goes to he wows his teammates during practice and plenty of them have said they've never played with someone who is that gifted with the puck. yet come game time zherdev cant be counted on. i wish he wouldve stayed in the khl.
We know what Zherdev gives us. I'd rather stick with Frolov and see what he can do rather than trading for a known and underwhelming commodity. And as others have said, even if he doesn't match Z's scoring output, he's a far more complete player.