The New York Rangers have waived defenceman Tony DeAngelo. He did not participate in practice Sunday.
“It’s something the organization decided to do,” Rangers head coach David Quinn said. “I get the questions and I know you want more specifics, but it’s a decision we made as an organization. In 24 hours we’ll probably be able to be more specific and address the situation differently.”
To say the blueliner was controversial would be an understatement and it may well be New York decided he wasn’t worth the trouble, but right now the key issue is that DeAngelo has a point in six games this season.
DeAngelo was signed to a two-year contract on October 15 after a career-high 53 points in 68 games last season, but it now looks like the Rangers have some serious buyer’s remorse. Quinn claims that the waiver wire decision wasn’t about “one incident.”
There are plenty of samples of potential “incidents” as far as DeAngelo goes.
According to The Athletic’s Rick Carpiniello, one such incident took place Saturday after New York’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The report suggests that DeAngelo was involved in a post-game altercation with Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev after the game. It took place in the tunnel and was evidently broken up quickly.
DeAngelo’s behaviour on social media has also been something that could be described as a “distraction.”
The 25-year-old was not too pleased after former U.S. president Donald Trump was bounced from Twitter earlier this season and denounced most social media platforms. He claimed to delete his social media, only to return under a so-called burner account a brief while later to defend himself.
It’s somewhat doubtful the Twitter incident aided DeAngelo’s waiver journey Sunday, but it probably hasn’t helped his overall reputation with the squad.
In 2013-2014, DeAngelo was suspended for eight games by the OHL’s Sarnia Sting for making what was termed “a most inappropriate statement to a teammate.” He was also suspended that year for abuse of the officials.
At the NHL level, DeAngelo was suspended three games for abuse of the officials in January of 2017.
“A lot of things have surprised me this year good and bad,” Quinn said. “We’ve got a handful of guys that maybe aren’t playing to the level they played to last year and you could probably say Tony would be one of them, but he’s not the only one.”
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