Tony DeAngelo played his last game in a New York Rangers uniform although no team claimed it after his name was waived on Sunday.
This was announced by general manager Jeff Gorton on Monday.
The Rangers have placed DeAngelo’s name on their reserve list, but Gorton clarified that the 25-year-old defenseman will not remain in the squad’s environment following an incident on Saturday night, the content of which was no has not been specified.
“We told the player, ‘Enough, let’s move on,’” said Gorton. “The time had come. ”
In October, the Rangers awarded a two-year contract worth US $ 9.6 million to DeAngelo. The Rangers have no plans to cancel the contract, but “are looking for another place where he could play,” said the Rangers general manager.
Gorton believes DeAngelo “never accepted” being left out in a game earlier in the season.
Head coach David Quinn transferred DeAngelo to the bench following a bad penalty in the opening schedule and the organization served him as a warning following the decision.
On Saturday, DeAngelo was on the ice in four of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ goals in a 5-4 overtime loss. His defensive ratio is minus-6 so far this season.
Besides the fact that he spoke of an “incident”, Gorton declined to detail what happened between DeAngelo and reserve goalkeeper Alexandar Georgiev on Saturday night. Gorton said Georgiev was doing “well” and was able to act as a reservist.
The Athletic and The New York Post reported that DeAngelo was involved in an altercation with Georgiev outside the locker room after Saturday’s meeting.
“It wasn’t a single incident,” Quinn said on Sunday. It is not a thing. This is the decision that the organization has deemed the best at this point. ”
Team president John Davidson has said reports that DeAngelo and rookie K’Andre Miller are at odds are unfounded. Davidson added that DeAngelo’s social media presence had nothing to do with the stance the Rangers took.
That the Rangers made such an aggressive move to sever ties with the 2014 first-round pick says a lot about what the team now thinks of DeAngelo. At 2-4-2 and six points in eight games, the Rangers were sixth in the East before facing the Penguins on Monday night.
DeAngelo has one point in six games. He finished at 12e tied for the Norris Trophy last year, after scoring 53 points in 68 games.
“There are a few guys out there who aren’t playing at the same level as last season and you could say Tony is one of them. But he’s not the only one, ”Quinn said.