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Forget about the Rangers trading DeAngelo, they need to extend him

In June of 2017, the Rangers made the first big move of the rebuild when the traded away fan favorite Derek Stepan. The trade sent Stepan, and Antti Raanta to the Arizona Coyotes for the 7th overall pick in the 2017 draft, along with defenseman Tony DeAngelo. This post is not about the trade, so I will not get into that, but many thought after two or so years the Rangers were massive losers in the deal. Now with the whole Lias Andersson situation (with whom they selected with that 7th overall pick), it has made it look even worse. With all that being said, Tony DeAngelo is making this trade look like a massive win for GM Jeff Gorton. After signing a one year deal in the off-season, DeAngelo is set to be an RFA this summer. The biggest difference between this summer and last, is that now he has arbitration rights. Let’s take a look at what kind of deal DeAngelo can be looking at this summer.

Pay Day

The Rangers are projected to have over $14 million dollars in cap space this upcoming summer, with a few mouths to feed. Aside from DeAngelo, the Rangers need to lock up Ryan Strome and Brendan Lemieux too. This is not a post about who they should or shouldn’t keep, but strictly about what a guy in DeAngelo’s position will likely get. DeAngelo is having a marvelous season thus far. At just 24 years old, he has now found a home and comfort here with the Blueshirts. Through 43 games, DeAngelo has compiled 36 points. He is on pace for a whopping 69 points, and currently ranks 6th in points scored by a defenseman in the entire NHL. It is extremely tough to gauge contracts in the NHL, but a right handed defensemen that is nearly a point per game player is not going to come cheap.

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The Flames recently signed 23 year old Rasmus Andersson to a six-year deal carrying an AAV of $4.55 million. I don’t know if this is the best comparison because Andersson is only on pace for 23 points, but it is the most relative contract of late. I think that Andersson’s contract will be a leverage point for DeAngelo and his agent whether talks go to arbitration or not, and based on that deal DeAngelo will be making more. Using the Andersson comparisons, I would predict that DeAngelo will get a deal in the 5-6 year range, carrying an AAV of $6-6.5 million. In my opinion, he is worth every dollar, and someone that the Rangers NEED to keep long term.

Of course, the Rangers could opt to go for a bridge deal around 2-3 years for less. The risk is that he could opt to go the UFA route and be lost for nothing when the deal ends. In essence, penny smart and a dollar dumb.

Cap Thoughts

Thinking about the cap situation the Rangers are going to be in this summer, I can see Jeff Gorton asking DeAngelo to do something similar to what the Sharks did with Kevin LaBanc. LaBanc, who many expected to get a hefty long-term deal, received a one-year deal from the Sharks this past summer. Everyone was stunned by this, but it made sense considering the cap crunch the Sharks were in. Many presumed that this was just a one- year segway with a future long term deal “in place” for LaBanc because the Sharks just could not afford it this year. Now that we are in January, the Sharks can negotiate a new deal for LaBanc that would kick in next season when they are not as tight against the cap. This is a loop-hole that Gorton may try to exploit when negotiating with DeAngelo because of the tough cap crunch they will face this summer.

17 thoughts on “Forget about the Rangers trading DeAngelo, they need to extend him

  • January 13, 2020 at 11:24 am
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    i’m not writing off Tony or how he has grown, but 5-6 years @ $6+???? how long have you been watching hockey or the Rangers? he will get a bridge deal just like every Ranger before him. he hasn’t proved enough to come close to that. this is his first consistent and effective season in the NHL. he already did a last minute 1 year deal for this season, and with the offensively good season he is having, I can’t see him getting a contract anything less (or more) than a bridge deal. TDA has always had the tools to be a quality OFD, but i’d like to see him do it for more than one season before i shelled out anything long term. Additionally, I’d love him to pick it up defensively (he hasn’t been the worst but it’s definitely something he can improve upon), but not every player is john carlson. Suffice that he has been worth every penny from the last minute deal he made and he should be happy he didn’t hold out cause he has done a great service to his next contract

    • January 13, 2020 at 12:34 pm
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      Don’t forget last season. He made considerable strides. In my opinion….two years of growth with an undeniable skill set makes for a handsome return for ADA. If Gorton is smart he will lock him up for at least five years through his prime.

      Whats more, there is precedent. They opened the bank before free agency for two notable D men in McDonagh and Skjei, each for medium term. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that Gorton will lock up ADA for 5 or 6 years at 6-6.5 mil. It could have been much less last off season. They did not take the risk and ADA will reap the rewards.

      • January 13, 2020 at 3:16 pm
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        making strides last season is not the same as having a great season. Even now, his season is closer to good than great. he is not our best D and he is still leaky on Defense. I am happy for him getting mature and realizing his potential, but one good year followed by an OK year with tons of inconsistency does not equate to 5+ years at $6+ million. McDonagh was a much better #1 pair D-Man when we extended him and Skjei’s contract is very undeserved.
        Locking up Tony at anything last year would not have made any sense. Players be getting contracts left and right after 1 and a change years of good play, then get that contract and put up mediocre, above average, often below average seasons. If the Rangers are smart, they would sign him to a bridge deal and see what happens with his game. 2 year $4 million makes the most sense. Sets him up for a huge raise if he continues this growth.

  • January 13, 2020 at 11:28 am
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    Buy out the Court Jester (Hank) that frees up 3 million in cap space . Use that savings toward Tony ‘s contract .

    • January 13, 2020 at 3:10 pm
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      nothing about buying out lundqvist makes sense. the only jester is you

  • January 13, 2020 at 12:33 pm
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    TDA needs to improve defensively. His play is porous and as a result the opponent gets quality shots near and around him. His plus/minus is only positive this season because he is scoring points to offset the minus. A bridge deal is the perfect solution to seeing whether he is going to improve defensively or not, and then jettison him for true two-way defenseman if necessary. Yeah, I know that’s easier said than done, but maybe Miller/Keane have better statistics in that regard. Another Fox-type D-man would be great.

  • January 13, 2020 at 12:47 pm
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    What ever it turns out. No more no trade contracts

  • January 13, 2020 at 1:02 pm
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    Finally , a reporter who gets it. ADA needs to be locked up long term ASAP! Haven’t the Rangers tried signing expensive D free agents with horrible success in the past? Yandle, Shatty, and the list goes on. Finally, the Rangers have a young, super promising offensive defenseman who is still young. At 24 yrs old, he will continue getting better defensively, as he has this season. If the cap becomes an issue, the a rangers can dangle Trouba as trade bait in a few seasons, although I’m not sure if he has a NTC. With other promising defenseman close to being ready this may be the best solution.

    • January 13, 2020 at 4:13 pm
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      I agree. Great piece and spot on. Tony D is probably my favorite Ranger after Chytil and I’ve enjoyed watching him progress. I am just hoping that get him signed. He’s an exciting player to watch and hopefully he’ll be around a long time.

  • January 13, 2020 at 1:07 pm
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    Think of how good the Rangers would be looking if they were able to give him the 3.25 mil 3-5 yr deal he was lookin for this summer. What a steal of a contract that would have been!

  • January 13, 2020 at 2:03 pm
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    I heard Trouba might be on the block. Rangers have until July to decide before non-trade portion kicks in.

    • January 13, 2020 at 3:12 pm
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      whatever you heard and whoever from you should disregard it and get other sources…#clown

  • January 13, 2020 at 3:01 pm
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    I like Tony D a lot but I have always said: Buyer beware when a guy is doing great in a contract year! I’ve seen it so many times, a guy gets is big deal and then never comes nowhere near what he did in his contract year. One year does not make a career. Also with so many good young right handed prospects in the system they could use him to get a really good forward. If they do sign him they better not give him a N.M.C. Those are a killer for any team. In this day and age of the cap you can’t give them out anymore.

  • January 13, 2020 at 4:49 pm
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    I have completely done a 180 on Tony D. I did not think he would have turned his career around and become a highly skilled offensive dman. From being an immature hothead on ice to someone who can change the game with his stick I hope the Rangers resign him. I however do have some consternation because the Rangers giving long term contracts with hefty raises to young dman have bitten the Rangers in the arse twice. Skjei hasn’t taken the next step and his contract is a taking point and Michale DelZotto was gone I believe before the end of his 2nd year of his deal. I think jurraisicjrod brought up the bridge concept that Sather had used with his younger forwards. If both parties can agree to that, it gives the Rangers some relief especially with Hank, Staal and Smith’s contracts expiring during that bridge deal.

    DeAngelo has put himself in the car seat with his career revival and however it plays out will see a big payday in his future.

    • January 14, 2020 at 8:56 am
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      Glad you changed your mind on ADA Mike. You were pretty hard on him.

      These are young men when they come into the NHL who have their own personalities. They just need the room to find their way.

      And besides, Tony is from Jersey so you gotta expect a little attitude. That’s what we’re known for. It adds to the flavor and is all good.

      Let’s Go Rangers!!!

  • January 14, 2020 at 5:23 pm
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    No way, trade DeAngelo now while you can get alot in return for him. The Rangers are rebuilding, right? So trade him for a couple of draft picks in hopes to building a Stanley Cup Dynasty in the future.

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