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Rangers Reach Breaking Point, Place DeAngelo on Waivers

It looks as though the DeAngelo sideshow may be coming to a close in New York.

Predictable, or not, the New York Rangers placed defenseman Tony DeAngelo on waivers Sunday morning. Somewhat of a surprise because the Rangers re-signed the talented 25-year-old to a two-year deal worth an AAV of $4.8 million back in October. Somewhat not surprising because the player has been on and off with his production and a polarizing personality, to say the least.

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Based on his 2019-20 play during the shortened season, the New Jersey native deserved that kind of money after finishing fourth in defenseman scoring with an impressive 15 goals and 38 assists (53) over 68 games. However, the continuous distraction that surrounds this player in 2020-21 might have contributed to his struggles and the Rangers desire to waive him.

Events Prior to Waivers

Two weeks to the day, I wrote a piece on how politics and sports do not mix by referencing DeAngelo and NHL legend Bobby Orr. Reader reaction was near visceral: from calling the piece pure ‘click bait’, to commentary about the dangerous left-wing media, or just calling it plain divisive. I learnt my lesson. Politics and sports should never mix.

Tony DeAngelo – waived by New York Rangers

However, a week ago I also shed light on an interesting story about how DeAngelo was being accused of creating a ‘burner’ to defend himself on Twitter. Candidly, I have not done any thorough research on where that story and those claims are at now, but at this stage it really does not matter whether it is true or not. I mean it does, but the overwhelming ill will of hockey fans toward the New Jersey native – and his continuous distractive response to it – is now the central issue.

Breaking Point

It would be one thing if the disruption were just an off-ice issue, but it has clearly seeped into his play and production on ice this season. So much so, he was a healthy scratch at one point (that was the precipice for the first DeAngelo story about politics) and after playing in six games has only registered one assist.

The lack of production is one thing, but as this day unfolds there are now new reports of an incident that happened after last night’s OT loss at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Apparently a skirmish started after DeAngelo made a comment to Russian goaltender Alexandar Georgiev.

The Athletic’s Rick Carpiniello reports that three sources confirmed the two players got into it in the tunnel on the way to the Rangers’ locker room. The altercation was quickly broken up and Georgiev was given a maintenance day Sunday due to the incident. The Rangers neither confirmed or denied the altercation.

What Now?

In a lot of ways it is sad because DeAngelo is an excellent hockey player. A former 19th overall selection by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2014, he seemed to be settling in as an elite offensive defenseman at the NHL level. That said, it is not easy to find true offensive defenders – especially right-handed ones – that can make an immediate impact.

Tony DeAngelo New York Rangers
Tony DeAngelo New York Rangers

As such, it will be interesting to see if another team steps up to claim him off the wire. Will a team overlook the accompanying sideshow and buck up for the nearly $5 million in salary or will teams avoid him like the plague? If the above report turns out to be true I would have to guess the latter.

Either way, DeAngelo’s current plight is a sad reminder of the divisive times we find ourselves in – one reader actually told me to F&*K myself when I replied to his comment on Facebook for pointing that out. 

Sad state of humanity indeed.

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