Rangers Roundup: Tony DeAngelo asks to be loaned to an AHL team, Jack Eichel trade will be an offseason move, and more

There hasn’t been any news on the Tony DeAngelo front in weeks. Last night during TSN’s Insider Trading, Frank Seravalli provided an update.

Tony DeAngelo wants to play for an AHL team

The 25 year-old defenseman has been skating on his own but would like to stay in game shape.

“Tony DeAngelo has expressed interest in a loan to the American Hockey League. That’s what he let the Rangers know, that he’d like to get playing again, he’s been skating for the last month to this point on his own. He’s willing to accept a loan to any AHL franchise and I believe the Rangers are interested in facilitating that, but it would take someone else stepping up to do so. Because the Rangers have let him know he’s not welcome in Hartford, the ties have been cut with the entire Rangers organization to this point.”

Frank Seravalli TSN

At this point, another AHL would need to step up and that’s a tall order. Several teams have opted out of the AHL season and there’s plenty of players still looking for work or trying to get back into the AHL from other leagues.

Jack Eichel trade timing

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Jan 28, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (9) warms up before a game against the New York Rangers at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

While Jack Eichel remains a hot topic among the NHL Rumor Mill, and in particular the Rangers circle, don’t expect a move at the deadline. The consensus from all the top insiders is that this will be an offseason deal.

I know it’s white-hot in Buffalo, but I would be shocked for the above reasons if the Sabres considered a trade now. First, it’s something they have to come to grips with. Second, there simply aren’t a ton of teams in position to do it for budget or cap reasons. Things change in the off-season: contracts coming off the cap; the 10 per cent summer cushion; etc. The Rangers are an obvious exception — they could do it at any time, if they wished — although some of the proposals I’ve seen out there are kinda crazy.

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