NHL Rumors: Ducks in on Rangers Tony DeAngelo, Penguins asked Leafs about Travis Dermott, and Derek Stepan on the block already

It’s been barely 24 hours since initial reports came out on a Tony DeAngelo trade. Darren Dreger noted that a source told him a trade could happen “within days”.

It was also reported by Elliotte Friedman the Rangers would eat a large portion of his deal to make it happen. This was all somewhat countered with Bob McKenzie’s update of the situation on NBCSN.

NHL Rumors: Ducks and others interested in Tony DeAngelo

“They’re talking to teams and there are at least 4-5 teams kicking tires doing their due diligence to see if this is a reclamation project they want to take on,” McKenzie said. “Not suggesting for a moment a trade is imminent.”

According to McKenzie the teams reportedly interested are the Flames, Red Wings, Kings, and Ducks. However, the Rangers could opt to buy DeAngelo at season’s end.

Per Cap Friendly, the Rangers would only face a $383,333 hit in 2021-22 and a $883, 333 charge the season after. Teams looking to trade for him should understand that, and realize Jeff Gorton does not have his back up against the wall as initially believed.

NHL Rumors: Penguins looked into Victor Mete and Travis Dermott

The Penguins have been in the market for a defenseman this season. They’ve been attached to the Vince Dunn rumors, but according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman they kicked tires on both Travis Dermott and Victor Mete.

It will surprise no one to know Pittsburgh was one of the teams that asked about Mete. (It’s believed they also poked around Toronto for Travis Dermott. Basically, if you’re a defenceman, they asked about you.) The Canadiens can’t take back money, so it’s basically dollar in, dollar out. Plus, they do like Mete.

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NHL Rumors: Does Derek Stepan want out of Ottawa?

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Jan 19, 2021; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators center Derek Stepan (15) faces off against Winnipeg Jets center Paul Stastny (25) in the first period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

In today’s Ottawa Sun, a follow up on the revelation provided by Nick Kypreos that Derek Stepan may be available.

Respected broadcaster and former NHL player Nick Kypreos said on his Real Kyper at Noon show Wednesday the Senators are willing to move centre Derek Stepan. He was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes just before training camp got under way and hasn’t made the impact the club would like.

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Kypreos and his co-host Doug MacLean noted that Stepan’s family is in Arizona with a newborn. Quarantine issues make seeing his family difficult and could be a major issue here.