Larry Brooks tweets that there is currently a “wide gulf” between the Rangers and Tony DeAngelo regarding the defenseman’s new contract.
Brooks tweets that the Rangers “don’t seem inclined” to move off their offer of a similar contract ($925,000) that Brendan Lemieux signed for.
John Davidson said yesterday “Jeff Gorton is talking to his group, Pat Brisson, daily. It’s up to Tony, he’s welcome to join us any time he wants, he has every right in the world to not come to camp, so far he’s not coming to camp. We are worried about who we have in camp and that is the way we are gonna go.”
In 61 games last season for the Rangers, DeAngelo had 30 points and his .49 points per game ranked 43rd among defensemen.
DeAngelo was a healthy scratch 21 times last season but only twice from February through the end of the season.
- He had 19 points in the 29 games from February through the end of the season.
- 20 of DeAngelo’s 30 points last season came at even strength.
- His 1179 total minutes ranked 123rd among defensemen and his 74 giveaways was 25th most by a defenseman.
- DeAngelo played 17:14 per game at even strength, 10 seconds per game on the PK and 1:55 on the PP.
- He was the only Ranger defenseman to play more than 1000 even strength minutes last season and have a goals for percentage over 50% (52.73%). (Natural Stat Trick)
Adam Rotter: This is a strange situation because DeAngelo doesn’t really have any leverage and the Rangers don’t have the cap size to give him the deal he is probably looking for anyway. DeAngelo is probably looking for a 2-3 year deal at more than $2.5 million per season, if not more, and he’s not wrong to look for that based upon some of his stats from last season. But it’s not as if he is the only right shot defenseman on the Rangers with any offensive ability. Jacob Trouba is here and Adam Fox is hyped to have as much offensive talent as DeAngelo but with a higher hockey IQ. I think the best thing for DeAngelo to do is to sign, get to camp and play at a level this season where the Rangers will be forced to give him a long-term deal.