New York Rangers: Tony DeAngelo clears waivers, possible outcomes

As expected, Tony DeAngelo was not claimed on waivers. The New York Rangers have not said this officially, but the speculation is that he has played his last game with the team.

So what are the next possible steps? Here’s how I see it in order:

Rangers put DeAngelo on unconditional waivers for a buyout

The most likely option will be the Rangers is placing DeAngelo on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout this summer. Vince Mercogliano clearly details it in his latest column.

In that scenario, the Rangers would shave $1.075 million off this year’s salary cap charge for DeAngelo while still being on the hook for $3.725 million. That’s not ideal, but it would provide a little more cap wiggle room. And once they’re able to buy out the contract, the cap hits would be manageable at $383,333 for the 2021-22 season and $883,333 in 2022-23, according to CapFriendly.

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Ryan Strome and Tony DeAngelo (NHLI/Getty Images)

Rangers work to trade DeAngelo at 50% cap retention this season

The next option is less likely but still a possibility. That is a trade where the Rangers would likely need to eat 50% of the salary cap hit. Of course, the word has been the Rangers were looking to trade him for awhile with no takers. It’s unlikely there will be any right now either.

Things could change at the NHL Deadline.

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