2:46PM: David Quinn said of DeAngelo, “it’s good to have him back. He’s a big part of our future and had a real strong second half last year. There is a business side to this, we all understand that, but I’ve been anticipating this day for a little while now and glad to have him back.” (NYR)
Was there a deadline for opening night with Tony, “the sooner the better but I never thought that far ahead. We are going to deal with the situation when he got here and we are glad he’s here now.” (NYR)
On the defense, “it gives us more competition for a key position, and any time you can add a really good player it helps everyone out. It helps give us a well rounded D corps with him back.” (NYR)
11:03AM: The Rangers have announced that Tony DeAngelo has signed a one-year deal with the Rangers for $925,000.
DeAngelo was an RFA without arbitration rights and had not been in training camp.
Happy to be back. Hopefully for many more.
— Tony DeAngelo (@TonyDee07) September 20, 2019
Last season DeAngelo played in 61 games, scored four goals and had 26 assists.
- October: 4 games, 1 goal, 3 assists, 17:45 per game | 8 healthy scratches
- November: 13 games, 1 goal, 3 assists, 19:29 per game | 1 healthy scratch
- December: 8 games, 1 assist, 18:37 per game | 4 healthy scratches
- January: 7 games, 2 goals, 1 assist, 17:49 per game | 5 healthy scrathes
- February: 12 games, 11 assists, 19:43 per game | 1 healthy scratch
- March: 14 games, 6 assists, 20:09 per game | 1 healthy scratch
- April: 3 games, 1 assist, 20:42 per game | 0 healthy scratches, 1 game missed due to injury
10 of DeAngelo’s 30 points last season came on the PP.
DeAngelo said in April that he felt he was on the “right track” after a “tough” first season with the Rangers that saw him injured and shuffled to Hartford and back. (Newsday)
David Quinn said at the end of last season, “Tony and I, believe it or not, have always had a good relationship despite the fact that he sat some games and had some disagreements but the thing I always come back to is he wants to be the best player he can be and understands that we are trying to make him the best player he can be. Sometimes there are disagreements on that with every player, they all have their views of what they have to do to have success at this level. We are trying to help him. I think he has matured and is playing a much more well rounded game. He’s got an elite brain and passing ability, he sees a lot of things people don’t see but I also think the other areas of his game a have improved.”
Adam Rotter: And thus ends one of the more perplexing RFA holdouts and gets DeAngelo into camp with the Rangers. The Rangers didn’t really have the space or face any need to give DeAngelo any more than he signed for, yet DeAngelo missed the first week or so of training camp. How does this impact where DeAngelo fits this season? As a returning player he knows the systems and what David Quinn and his staff expect, so that works in his favor and while he isn’t fighting for a spot on the roster, he is probably fighting for his role on the team with Adam Fox. It’s just under two weeks until opening night so there is time for DeAngelo to find his place on the roster but this whole situation surely seems like it could have been avoided like it was with Brendan Lemieux.