Newly-signed Frolov boosts Rangers' attack

The Rangers upgraded their offensive capabilities yesterday by signing left wing Alexander Frolov to a one-year, $3 million deal that is not only cap-friendly but should serve as motivation for a player looking to build leverage in the market.

There is nothing negative about the signing of the 28-year-old winger whose personally disappointing 51-point season (19-32) in Los Angeles would have made him the Rangers’ third-leading scorer and whose contract leaves general manager Glen Sather enough cap space with which to maneuver.

The Blueshirts currently have approximately $6.7 million of space under the summer cap with which to sign restricted free agent Marc Staal and perhaps another defenseman.

When defenseman Wade Redden is waived during camp and other summer charges are dropped at the end of September, the Blueshirts should go into the season with between $6.5-8 million of cap space, assuming Staal is in for between $4.5-5 million and depending on the final roster and the disposition of Donald Brashear’s $1.4 million, over-35 charge.

No, Frolov is not the elite center the club is thirsting for, but he has more immediate upside as a first-line bookend across from Marian Gaborik than either Brandon Dubinsky or Vinny Prospal, who were the two leading contenders for the job before the signing.

And yes, his addition muddies the depth chart for the team with a boatload of interchangeable forwards who don’t seem quite congruent, but it will fall on head coach John Tortorella and his staff to take the ingredients and mix them in a functioning recipe.

“I’ve told our guys that training camp will be a competition where they all will get the opportunity to earn the best spots available,” Tortorella told The Post by phone. “You know where Gabby is going to be, and I’ve scribbled down dozens of potential line combinations since we made this signing, but no one is going to be given an assignment or be eliminated from an assignment because of past history.

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