The Rangers and Tony DeAngelo are avoiding arbitration and coming to terms on a two-year deal. (Larry Brooks)
His cap hit will be $4.8 million per season. (LeBrun)
To all the great ranger fans, thank you for all the congrats/welcome backs/support tweets I am receiving already. I couldn’t be happier to be back in NY for another 2 years and I look forward to seeing you all in the garden again hopefully asap. Love NYR and NYC. #LGR 🟥⬜️🟦
— Tony DeAngelo (@TonyDee07) October 16, 2020
DeAngelo’s arbitration hearing was set for next Tuesday.
DeAngelo held out of the beginning of training camp this past season and signed a one-year deal worth $925,000.
From the Rangers:
- DeAngelo, 24, skated in 68 games with the Rangers this past season, registering 15 goals and 38 assists for 53 points, along with a plus-12 rating and 47 penalty minutes.
- He established career-highs in several categories in 2019-20, including goals, assists, points, plus/minus rating, and games played.
- DeAngelo became the first Rangers defenseman to record at least 50 points in a season since Brian Leetch in 2001-02, and he also became the first Rangers defenseman to tally at least 15 goals in a season since Leetch in 2000-01.
- He tied for fourth among NHL defensemen in goals and points, and tied for ninth among NHL defensemen in assists, power play assists (16), and power play points (19) this past season.
- Over the last two seasons, which have been his two full seasons in the NHL with the Rangers, DeAngelo is one of six NHL defensemen who have recorded 80 or more points and a plus-18 rating or better (along with John Carlson, Mark Giordano, Victor Hedman, Roman Josi, and Morgan Rielly). He tallied 30 points (four goals, 26 assists) in 61 games with the Blueshirts in 2018-19 and ranked 12th among NHL defensemen who were 23 years old or younger in points during the season.
Adam Rotter: I don’t think either side wanted to go to arbitration and while these kinds of deals usually get done in the last moments before a hearing, the Rangers and DeAngelo got this done with plenty of time to spare. It’s a fair deal for both sides as the Rangers retain flexibility with a two-year deal and DeAngelo, rightfully, gets paid for how good he was last season.
There remains a question of whether DeAngelo will be a Ranger in the long-run, with Jacob Trouba and Adam Fox on the right side and Nils Lundkvist on the way, but for now DeAngelo is signed up. It also remains to be seen on which side DeAngelo will play or with whom. There are still more questions than answers about how the Rangers defense will shake out for this season, but DeAngelo will be part of it. I guess it’s possible, now that there is cost certainty attached to him for two-years, that DeAngelo could still be moved before next season but my guess is that he will be with the Rangers through at least the next trade deadline. Still, for now the Rangers have avoided one potential headache and have their top offensive defenseman under contract.