I’ll try to run through these interviews as I did them today. By the way, I did get to talk with Dean Lombardi for a while today, and that will be up eventually. There’s no quick way to sum up the answers, but there are some good answers to some of the relevant topics.
For now, here’s Alexander Frolov, talking about his year, the desire to win and the potential for a new contract…
Question: What do you take away from this season? Do you consider it a step in the right direction, or a disappointment because you didn’t make the playoffs?
FROLOV: “It is disappointing that we didn’t make it, because we had a really good chance. For almost the whole season, we were in the playoff hunt, then we kind of let it slip away, but I think there has been a lot of progress this year in the team game. I think it’s really been a positive thing and I think we’re in the right direction right now. We want to get better and finally get to the playoffs and become a really good team.”
Question: How would you sum up your season? You spent some time on the defensive line with Handzus, played quite a bit on the first line and even had a couple games on the fourth line. How would you say things went for you?
FROLOV: “Well, it always could be better. There are always a lot of things you can improve on. I know there is some stuff I need to work on and, as I said, we didn’t make the playoffs and that’s the most disappointing thing.”
Question: For the first time in a while, you can start thinking about a contract. You can start talking about an extension on July 1. Do you plan to have those talks, or do you want to see how things go next season?
FROLOV: “Well, I don’t think. I’m not really thinking about a contract yet. It’s something the GM has to do.”
Question: But would you like to stay here?
FROLOV: “Oh yeah, absolutely. I love L.A. and I love the team and the organization. I’ve been here for a long time and I really want to make the playoffs with this team.”
Question: So if they come to you and say they’d like to talk about an extension, you’d at least talk to them?
FROLOV: “Oh yeah, absolutely.”