Moving on from Tony DeAngelo is the only and best option for the New York Rangers
There comes a point that no matter how many second, or third chances you can give someone you need to move on. That’s exactly what the New York Rangers did on Sunday by placing Tony DeAngelo on waivers.
“Not just one incident”
David Quinn did not specifically speak to the altercation between DeAngelo and Alexandar Georgiev in the tunnel after last night’s loss when asked. Instead he said, “There’s always rumors, I’m not gonna address rumors. This isn’t about one incident. It’s not about one thing.”
This has been a rocky offseason for the 25 year-old defenseman. It started off well for him after signing a 2-year deal, but he kept getting himself into more and more hot water on social media.
Many times the Rangers had to handle things he tweeted internally.
However, things started to take a turn for the worse on ice as well. Starting in game one when he took an unsportsmanlike penalty for slamming the penalty box door and mouthing off.
Per Larry Brooks’ latest he states that DeAngelo didn’t react well to being scratched and his body language of late showed that. He also states that if DeAngelo goes unclaimed there is a clause in the CBA that the Rangers may try to use to terminate his contract.
You can be assured the NHLPA would step in on that one immediately.
Bottom line, even if DeAngelo wasn’t struggling on the ice, this behavior had to be addressed. The Rangers did so, sternly.
Where do the Rangers go from here?
DeAngelo was just too much of a distraction for the organization and it may help settle things to simply move on. Really, DeAngelo has no future in New York anymore.
The big questions for him is does he have a future in the NHL at all. DeAngelo has a long and unfavorable track record at this point and team’s aren’t going to overlook it.
As far as the Rangers, they need to see where the dust settles tomorrow. If claimed they will have around $5 million to improve their defense. Maybe go after Vince Dunn as many speculate.
They could also sit tight and give Anthony Betitto and Libor Hajek a chance to impress. The storm is over, it’s now time for calmer seas on the blue-line.