Ponikarovsky Signs with Kings
The Los Angeles Kings have found their replacement for Alexander Frolov, who they lost earlier today to the New York Rangers.
According to reports, Alex Ponikarovsky has agreed to a contract with the Kings. While terms of the deal are not available, Sportsnet is reporting that it is a one-year deal.
Along with Alex Frolov's 1-year deal, this further dries up the pool of free agent forwards. The irony of the whole situation is that the Kings and Rangers waited nearly a month for the league to reject a 17-year deal between the New Jersey Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk in order to sign Ponikarovsky and Frolov to one-year deals.
As we all know, the NHLPA has since filed a grievance in response to the NHL's rejection of the above-mentioned contract, and the case is slated to go to arbitration in the near future. In any case, teams and free agents are clearly starting to get fed up with the situation, choosing to go on with their business as usual, instead of waiting for Kovalchuk to end his little game.
As for Ponikarovski, he brings 9 years of NHL experience to LA, including four 20+ goal seasons, culminating with a 21 goal, 41 point season split between Toronto and Pittsburgh last season.