Detroit Red Wings: Steer clear of claiming defenseman Tony DeAngelo

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The Detroit Red Wings need to steer clear of defenseman Tony DeAngelo and not even think about claiming the 25-year-old defenseman. The recent turn of events in the New York Rangers locker room has landed DeAngelo on the waiver wire.

The last week has been a whirlwind for DeAngelo, with rumors being tossed around left and right, but the Rangers are reportedly labeling this a business decision and not saying that it is based on one sole incident. The first incident came after a recent Rangers contest where they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime.

DeAngelo was on the ice for the goal, Alexandar Georgiev was in net, and the two had a brief altercation in the tunnel, which was reportedly broken up quickly.  The issue is that the “breaking up” of the fight incited a second altercation where Rangers forward Chris Kreider wound up punching DeAngelo in the face, according to rumors.

The Rangers are claiming this is not the sole reason for the placement of DeAngelo on waivers, but it sure seems like that. The Red Wings need to steer clear of him and avoid claiming him off waivers and bringing in someone who could take away from the locker room morale.

The Detroit Red Wings need to avoid bringing in defenseman Tony DeAngelo, being that he could ruin locker room morale.

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This past offseason, the Detroit Red Wings brought in some help for the defense core. Currently, defenseman Filip Hronek is the number one option and will continue to hold down that role in the future. But Tony DeAngelo is an intriguing name when you first look at it.

DeAngelo was fourth in all NHL defensemen for scoring during the 2019-20 season. In 68 games last season, DeAngelo totaled 15 goals 38 assists for 53 total points. He was on the Rangers’ top pairing last year, but the script flipped in 2020-21.

This year DeAngelo has played in just six games where he has just one assist and is a minus-six.

He does not look like half of the player he was in 2019-20, and obviously, there are some off the ice issues.

Now, believing all the rumors and reading into everything is not always best. Like, there was a rumor going around after the fighting rumors that DeAngelo stole KeAndre Miller’s first goal puck and has not returned it, which have since been debunked.

As more comes out about the situation, there will be clarity, but even risking bringing in DeAngelo is just not worth it. The Red Wings would be in an even tougher position if they were to bring in DeAngelo and possibly risk adding a negative locker room presence.

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The Detroit Red Wings steer clear of Tony DeAngelo just like they steered clear of Pierre-Luc Dubois.