New York Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton made it clear on Monday: defenseman Tony DeAngelo has played his final game with the club. He’s been waiting at home for a trade to take place.
According to Darren Dreger, despite his behavioural problems, there are several teams interested in acquiring the blue liner. So much so that an imminent trade is expected to take place, as Dreger explained last night on the Tuesday’s edition of Insider Trading on TSN:
“Keep an eye on Tony DeAngelo of the New York Rangers. We know that he’s been told to go home and await a trade, and there’s a ton of interest in him all of a sudden. I’m told, according to source, that DeAngelo could be moved within the next few days.”
DeAngelo was placed on waivers Sunday and went unclaimed Monday. This happened after New York’s overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. DeAngelo and goaltender Alexandar Georgiev were involved in an altercation that was quickly broken up by a teammate. And this came after a long history of unapologetic history of abuse and bigotry, Donald Trump support and COVID-19 denialism…
It’s been a rapid descent for DeAngelo, but rival teams see the potential in him. Last season, he recorded a career-high 15 goals and 53 points in 68 games. He posted just one assist and is minus-6 in six games this year while averaging 18:29 of ice time.
DeAngelo signed a two-year, $9.6 million contract in October and carries a $4.8 million cap hit and the Rangers did mention they’d be willing to absorb some of his salary in a transaction.
One that could happen shortly.