Some people tended to like him, but the majority of people viewed Tony DeAngelo as a headache for the New York Rangers. DeAngelo seemed to turn the corner last year after having a great season. This prompted the Rangers to sign him to a 2 year deal, but it quickly backfired. DeAngelo remains on the taxi squad, but he has “played his last game” for the Rangers, as said by GM Jeff Gorton.
DeAngelo’s History With The Rangers
The Rangers acquired DeAngelo in a valuable trade in which the Rangers sent Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta to the Arizona Coyotes. The Rangers got back a first round pick and DeAngelo in June of 2017. The offensive talent was always there with him, but there was 2 main issues. The first was his defensive ability, which was prevalent in his first two season with the Rangers. His other issue was his biggest, and that was attitude. He was suspended multiple time when he was playing juniors for saying racist things. He found himself on Twitter a lot saying more controversial things, sparking some people to hate the guy.
The 2019-20 season seemed to be a turning point for Tony, as he notched 53 points in 68 games and was a plus 12. He was inked to a 2 year deal worth 4.8 million AAV in the offseason. There were high expectations for him coming into this season, but things changed rather quickly.
What Happened with DeAngelo
DeAngelo only played 6 games this season. It started off rough in the first game of the year when Matt Barzal made a fool of him on a goal. He was then scratched after that game for the next 2 Rangers games. In his return to the lineup he was stuffed in a shootout which ended the game. Was scratched for a few more after that, and then things went completely south after an overtime loss to the Penguins.
He was in the ice for the overtime goal that gave them the loss. A few seconds earlier, Alexandar Georgiev played a puck he probably shouldn’t have, then Georgiev allowed his 5th goal of the game, causing DeAngelo to implode. It’s still a twisted story, but supposedly he went after Georgiev in the tunnel/locker room, and then threw a punch. The next day, he was placed on waivers by the Rangers. He wasn’t claimed by another team, and Jeff Gorton announced he wasn’t going to play in another game for the Rangers.
What’s The Next Move
With the trade deadline approaching, you would have to assume he will be apart of some talks. The questions are is another team going to want to make a move for him, and how much value does he still hold. If he doesn’t get moved, he will most likely get bought out of the last year of his contract. He wouldn’t cost the Rangers much dead cap, and it’s the last possible way for him to get out of the organization.
How Did The Team Respond to This
Probably the biggest question coming out of this situation was how the Rangers would respond as a team. The answer to that question ended up being pretty well. They started playing some better hockey immediately after he was gone. The Rangers were 2-4-2 when he this situation unfolded, and they now sit at 18-5-5. Their overall game has improved, especially their defense. The Rangers sit 12th in the league with 2.66 goals against per game. Part if that can have something to do with DeAngelo not playing.
Overall, the decision to essentially drop Tony DeAngelo from the Rangers turned out to be a good one.