The New York Rangers acquired Tony DeAngelo in a blockbuster trade during the summer; now he’s in Hartford.
The Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta trade is starting to look like a bad one for the Rangers. Tuesday afternoon, the team announced that Tony DeAngelo, who was acquired in that trade, has been sent to the Hartford Wolf Pack.
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DeAngelo has skated in just eight games for the Blueshirts and is a minus-four with just one assist. Over the last two games, DeAngelo was dressed as the team’s seventh defensemen and only saw ice time on the powerplay.
Head coach Alain Vigneault clearly did not trust the 22-year-old defenseman in defensive situations which led to DeAngelo enter Vigneault’s doghouse.
Now the Rangers have seven defensemen on the roster after this move and are clearly sending a message to the rest of the team that this 2-6-2 start isn’t good enough. The team previously placed Adam Cracknell on waivers earlier on Tuesday to go along with the DeAngelo move.
Raanta, Stepan and the Arizona Coyotes will be at the Garden Thursday night and it will be interesting to see if the Blueshirts’ make any more roster moves before then.