Leino is damn near out of the lineup, Frolov was benched one game; no comparison. He has 27 points on the season (more than all but 2 of our players) and is a 20 goal scorer. He would be a great addition to our 2nd line and could probably be signed for 3.5-4m. I'd take him.
So let me guess this straight... you would rather have Frolov for 3.5-4 mill than Hudler at 2.8? You seem to think that Frolov is better than Hudler. He is not. You do realise that last year Frolov only had 2 more points than Hudler (with 2 more games) despite generally being in the top 6 and had well over a 20 game stretch with Kopitar, right?. In addition he has a history of being lazy (he may have only been scrathed once this year, but has been prior to this season, and would have been more had he been playing for a team like detroit with an abundent of forwards and a babcock like coach), and also has a history of being horrendeously defensivily responsible.
Your arguement is that Hudler produced a large number of his points on the powerplay, and that is true, but last I checked they both count the same, and you vastly overate Frolovs impact on a game to game basis. In no shape or form is Frolov better than Hudler is now, let alone will be. Frolov may be marginally better on a 2nd line wing due to his speed(though this is an EXTREMELY unfair comparison seeing as Hudler never got a real chance on the 2nd line), but overall Hudler gives you far more gang for your buck and minutes, and in my mind has more natural talent than Frolov.
I just cannot see how you can justify paying a free agent a million more for worse overall production, worse defensive ability, worse attitude
So for a quick recap...
Point Production: While they both put up similar numbers, Hudler is still developing and could easily surpass Frolov, all the while getting substancially less minutes with largely inferior linemates. Hudler wins this catagory easily.
Defense Responsibility: Hudler is no selke winner, but he is bounds ahead of Frolov
Attitude: Hudler was scratched several times, but at the past several years has severly improved his work ethic, and now even has a slight fiestiness about him. Neither will ever win a battle in the corner consistently, but at least Hudler tries to.
Salary: Hudler. Non debatable.
If given a choice, I'd take the better younger, less lazy, more responsible and productive player who will play for less rather than the more expensive one dimensional one.