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There have been a lot of talented players whose careers never worked out whether it was due to injury or just bad circumstances. Tony DeAngelo’s career is now on the fast track to going nowhere and it’s getting there faster than expected.
After yet another blown lead and game against the Penguins it was announced at noon on Sunday (1/31) that the Blueshirts were putting Tony DeAngelo on waivers.
DeAngelo, who is no stranger to controversy, was already on shaky ground due to his controversial Twitter takes has now found himself on the outside looking in. The former first round pick has shown that he certainly has the offensive ability to be able to play in the league but it appears that doesn’t have the head to be a professional athlete.
The Rangers were more than willing to put up with DeAngelo’s antics last season when he put up a 53 point campaign because as we all know in sports, teams will always put up with a player if they can produce. So far to start this year DeAngelo has struggled mightily and has not produced to the level the organization hoped when they gave him his two year extension during the offseason.
Now, there is a rumor circulating that after the Penguins game Saturday night DeAngelo was involved in a physical altercation with a teammate. If this is true this is most certainly the straw that broke the camel’s back. It’s one thing to have an outspoken personality in your organization but when you have a player who has the media spotlight dangling over their head, it’s time to cut bait and move on.
From my best educated guess, the Rangers were likely shopping DeAngelo around for most of the offseason and could not find any takers which led to his extension as a last resort.
The best possible landing spot for Tony D would be a veteran heavy organization with a great room that could potentially help get his head on straight. As it stands right now I believe that Tony DeAngelo has played his final game with the New York Rangers because this is one situation that is nearly impossible to come back from. In such a strange year with an awful start from an organizational standpoint this DeAngelo situation was the last thing that the team needed but it looks like the Rangers have finally had enough and cut DeAngelo loose.
What else could come from all of this? My podcast 30 on Broadway: Talking Blueshirts did a quick episode getting our thoughts down on how this played out and where this could go from here: