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Four Teams Seriously Interested in Rangers Tony DeAngelo

The New York Rangers won’t retain salary or take back a big contract on a Tony DeAngelo trade, but they still have four interested teams.

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If there was ever any doubt that teams might be keenly interested in a defenseman who hasn’t been productive this season and has the most drama following him throughout this early 2020-21 NHL campaign, you’ll be surprised to hear that four teams are very much interested in Tony DeAngelo. Not only that, but these four teams may be willing to take him on in trade without the Rangers retaining salary.

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Per Bob McKenzie on NBC, the Calgary Flames, Detroit Red Wings, Los Kings, and Anaheim Ducks have all done their homework on the New York Rangers defenseman. McKenzie noted he wasn’t “suggesting for a moment a trade is imminent”, but added, “They’re talking to teams and there are at least 4-5 teams kicking tires doing their due diligence to see if this is a reclamation project they want to take on.”

All four teams could use help on their blue line but the NHL insider notes the Rangers aren’t wanting to retain salary in any deal. That will make things interesting because not only will DeAngelo be a reclamation project, he’ll be a potentially expensive one.

For fans wondering why the Rangers could get away with not retaining part of DeAngelo’s salary, as per Cap Friendly, the Rangers would only face a $383,333 hit in 2021-22 and a $883, 333 charge the season after if they bought out the defenseman. McKenzie said that’s the Rangers’ Plan B.

Tony DeAngelo New York Rangers
Tony DeAngelo New York Rangers

No Huge Contract Swaps Either

This also means the Rangers aren’t likely to take on huge salary coming back from another team. Speculation might have been, since no team claimed DeAngelo on waivers, any interested franchise might have been waiting for the waiver period to end then try to dump a contract on New York in exchange. Don’t expect that to happen.

Teams looking to trade for DeAngelo need to know that the Rangers aren’t stuck. They can absolutely afford to just wait out and buy out DeAngelo’s contract and they aren’t willing to make a bad trade just for the sake of making a deal to get him out of town.

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