Report: Calgary Flames doing due diligence on Tony DeAngelo

Tony DeAngelo Flames
Jan 31, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) takes a shot during pregame warmups prior to the game against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Larry Brooks of the NY Post is reporting late tonight that the Calgary Flames are conducting due diligence on Tony DeAngelo.

The Flames are conducting due diligence on Tony DeAngelo and have expressed at least preliminary interest in the Rangers’ excommunicated defenseman, The Post has confirmed.

Tony DeAngelo for Sam Bennett gaining steam

We noted earlier today that a swap for these two players makes sense. Brooks noted that in his article as well.

Sam Bennett trade rumors
Aug 13, 2020; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames center Sam Bennett (93) scores a goal against Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop (30) during the third period in game two of the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

It is believed that Sam Bennett, the fourth-overall selection of the 2014 draft, who has at least temporarily fallen out of favor, has been a topic of conversation between the teams.

The Calgary Flames scratched Sam Bennett tonight and it is raising red flags everywhere. With this report coming out of NY, it certainly lends more weight to it as well.

A deal makes sense

The Rangers need centers, the Flames need defense – it’s fairly simple to connect these two dots.

Financially, the Flames are paying the 24 year-old Bennett $2.55 million and have $1.337 in space to play with. The Rangers would be willing to eat some of DeAngelo’s salary to make it work, just not 50%.

If the Rangers were to retain maybe $1 million on DeAngelo, the Flames could make this deal work. Both sides get what they need and two birds are killed with one stone as they say.