The New York Rangers held a press conference today to address the situation with Tony DeAngelo. “He’s played his last game with the Rangers,” Jeff Gorton told reporters.
Rangers GM stays true to his word
“After the first game of the season, he was told he wasn’t going to play,” Gorton began. He was referring to DeAngelo’s two game scratch after an unnecessary unsportsmanlike penalty.
“Tony wasn’t able to move on from that,” he explained. “I had spoke to him at that time and said – listen, if there’s any more issues here the time is gonna come where we’re gonna put you on waivers and move on.”
“I made that statement to him – something happened and I pretty much have to stay true to my word, and the organization’s word that it was time to move on,” Gorton concluded.
Rangers actively working to trade Tony DeAngelo
Pat Brisson, DeAngelo’s agent spoke with Darren Dreger and noted that his client is at home waiting for a deal. It was revealed that the Rangers are in talks with interest in the 25 year-old defenseman who was the 4th leading scorer last season for blue-liners.
What was most interesting was Brisson noting he was confident that a deal would get done in the near future. The Rangers undoubtedly will have to retain as much as 50% in a trade and take back some salary as he cleared waivers today.
Teams that are in the market for a defenseman are as follows: Flyers, Penguins, and Jets. It would not be surprising to see Winnipeg step up and make the deal here.