8AM: On the 31 Thoughts Podcast, Elliotte Friedman said:
- “They go off the ice, Georgiev is sitting, disappointed, like any competitive person, especially a goaltender, would be after a game like that. DeAngelo walks by him and makes a sarcastic crack to him and Georgiev clocks him and they go at it and their teammates break it up. Later that night the Rangers call DeAngelo, I don’t know if they call him or his agent or what they do, and they say ‘that is the last straw, you are going on waivers tomorrow’ and then at 12PM Eastern, that is what happens.”
- “I don’t think anybody expects that Tony DeAngelo will play for the Rangers again. Things can always change, but I don’t think anybody expects it.”
1/31/21 | 2:45PM: Rick Carpiniello of The Athletic confirms that there was an altercation between DeAngelo and Alex Georgiev following Saturday’s game and that it was quickly broken up.
2:15PM: There is speculation that DeAngelo got into an altercation with one of his teammates following last night’s game.
David Quinn said that he wouldn’t comment on rumors, but said that this wasn’t just one thing. (Whyno)
Adam Rotter (2:28PM): While nothing has been confirmed and it’s all just speculation, you have to think that something off the ice is the cause of this. DeAngelo is an outspoken person and has surely, with his social media posts, been a headache for the organization, but there is likely a certain amount of headache that you will tolerate if the player does his job or his incidents are relatively minor. DeAngelo has struggled to start this season, but you’d think that this goes beyond performance and he either did something, or was involved with something last night, that pushed things over the edge on it’s own or something happened and the volume of incidents added up to cause this. We will see what happens and the first thing will be to see if at 12PM tomorrow he will be property of another team.
12:38PM: The Rangers have confirmed that DeAngelo is on waivers. (NYR)
12:05PM: The Rangers have placed Tony DeAngelo on waivers, according to Elliotte Friedman.
DeAngelo is in the first year of a two-year contract that has a cap hit of $4.8 million.
DeAngelo has one assist, a minus-six rating and is averaging 18:29 per game in six games this season. He was a healthy scratch for two games.
When DeAngelo is on the ice at 5 on 5, the Rangers have had 58% of the shot attempts, but he has only been on for three goals for and nine against. (Natural Stat Trick)
Adam Rotter (12:10PM): This is shocking and unless there is something that happened off the ice, or some underlying reason, the Rangers are offering up their highest scoring defenseman last season to anyone in the league for nothing. Maybe the Rangers think, because of his cap hit and reputation, that no one will claim him, but it seems clear that to even take the opportunity to offer DeAngelo up for nothing indicates that he isn’t in their plans now or later. They scratched him for performance issues after the opener and while he certainly hasn’t been the player he was last season, to go from top PP and being on the ice in OT, when Pitt scored the winner, to waivers in less than a day likely means that there is something behind the scenes going on.
Long-term, DeAngelo didn’t seem like someone who was going to fit into the Rangers plans, with Jacob Trouba and Adam Fox there on the right side and Nils Lundkvist and Braden Schneider coming, but a trade at some point, or him going to Seattle in the expansion draft, seemed way more likely. There have been questions about his trade value for some time, even with his performance last season, and that teams weren’t interested in him unless the Rangers were going to take a bad contract or another team’s problem in return. But, still, DeAngelo showed last year that he can play a big offensive role on a team and there is always demand for offensive defensemen, especially right shot ones. In any event, it sure seems like DeAngelo has played his last game as a Ranger.