Like him or not, the Rangers need Tony DeAngelo to succeed

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Even before playing in his first game, Rangers fans were divided on Tony DeAngelo. One quick look at his Twitter feed showed his political views, which instantly put him on the wrong side of at least half the fan base. Beyond his off-ice views, DeAngelo has had a history of on-ice behavior issues. He’s abused refs, used slurs on teammates, and overall been disliked as he’s grown. The on-ice issues are the biggest concern.

Heck, even before people had a chance to research DeAngelo, he was already off to a bad start. The Rangers did not make a good trade, landing a question mark defenseman and a #7 pick in exchange for both Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta. Most people, including myself, expected more in return. In short, the trade itself put more scrutiny on DeAngelo, albeit unfairly, because he’s 50% of the return for a fan favorite.

But all that doesn’t matter. I hated the trade, but now like every fan should be, I’m hoping DeAngelo succeeds in New York. He’s an elite, yes elite, offensive talent on the blue line. That part we know. It was on display in the preseason. DeAngelo moves the puck well and is a confident puck carrier.

As good as he is with the puck is, at least in preseason, how bad he is without the puck. It was no surprise to me that DeAngelo was returned to Hartford after a pair of games. Alain Vigneault needs his defenseman to play defense –we can debate until the cows come home on what that means, exactly– and DeAngelo didn’t fit that mold right away.

After his demotion, DeAngelo was far from a model citizen. He got into it with a few fans on Twitter –never a good thing– and was actually a healthy scratch a few times. But he’s been significantly better over the past month or so. When Kevin Shattenkirk went down, the logical choice to replace him was DeAngelo. As mentioned yesterday, he’s a righty, offensive minded, and can probably do well on the powerplay as well.

This call up likely won’t last beyond the duration of Shatty’s injury, but it’s an important call up nonetheless. DeAngelo is already 22 years old and getting close to that make-or-break season. This isn’t it, but next year might be that year. For the sake of the Rangers, they need this to work out. Otherwise the trade becomes even more of a steal for Arizona.

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34 thoughts on “Like him or not, the Rangers need Tony DeAngelo to succeed

  • Jan 20, 2018 at 10:10 am

    The Rangers wanted Chychrun (spelling?) but was told he was off limits (yes, I know this to be true). So yes, DeAngelo was the 2nd choice but no less talented, that’s not his problem. He was brought here to be the 2nd PP guy and to make the Rangers’ D more mobile.

    See the problem with the Rangers’ roster restructuring is that if you want to go mobile then you can’t have stiffs that can’t skate on the team that actually negate the mobility that you’re trying to attain. It’s half ass-d then.

    The whole idea is that the possession of the puck IS defending. When you have the puck then the opponents do not. Defending is not solely related to getting back on your heels and stopping opponents. It’s limiting shots and scoring chances.

    How has that worked out for the Rangers? Near last in all the important defending categories but yet, still going with basically the same line up. Stupid.

    It’s also important for Tony D. to succeed to make the Stepan trade seem worth it.

    • Jan 20, 2018 at 10:16 am

      Agree completely. If you control the puck and have people who can skate with it…the other guy cant. AV’s “process” is tired. And watch….first time DeAngelo makes a mistake…..he may as well go shower and head upstairs.

      • Jan 20, 2018 at 10:25 am

        The Pens’ forwards always have the puck. Even without Letang and other D man injuries, the 2016-17 Pens controlled the puck all the time. The Sharks never had the puck in that series. Or hardly ever.

        Limit shots and scoring chances, that’s the name of the game.

        • Jan 20, 2018 at 10:26 am

          I’m sorry, 2015-16 Pens.

  • Jan 20, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Watching “Miracle.”

    The greatest upset in sports history, by far.

  • Jan 20, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Tony D may be a hothead, but he’s got skills. Hope he remembers he’s in the NHL to play hockey, not fight on Twitter. Lots & lots of eyes in NYC area, that stuff isn’t gonna help him if he wallows in it. If he keeps his focus he’s got a big opportunity to prove himself. I’ll gladly ignore his social media political presence if he can run a dang power play for this team.

    • Jan 20, 2018 at 2:01 pm

      Who cares about his, or anyone else’s politics, play the kid, that’s all that counts!!!!!!!!

      • Jan 20, 2018 at 2:16 pm

        one little mistake and he’ll sit for a long long long long time

  • Jan 20, 2018 at 10:51 am

    The Stephan trade was a salary dump in order to sign Shattenkirk.

    Essentially Stepan and Raanta for Shattenkirk. Tony D and the 7th overall pick.

    • Jan 20, 2018 at 1:35 pm

      That’s how I saw it too.

    • Jan 20, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      100% false. The Rangers used the money from the Stepan trade to sign Brendan Smith. The Rangers had the money to sign Shattenkirk and keep Stepan, w/our signing Smith.

    • Jan 21, 2018 at 5:51 pm

      That trade needed to be done. Step was heading in for big contract with NTC. Raanta was only ever going to be a back up here, and never the heir apparent. A. GEORGIEV is and he needs to be the backup on the bench so trade Pavelec before deadline. I have only good thoughts for Deangelo he’s a ranger now he does well we do well.

  • Jan 20, 2018 at 10:58 am

    So, it would be OK with half of the fan base if DeAngelo was a communist. But, heavens forfend that he might be of a conservative bend. Not just that – he shoots RIGHT!

    It was WRONG of the blog writer to bring politics into this – WRONG, ideologically, and inexcusable for irrelevance.

    • Jan 20, 2018 at 11:13 am

      Aaaaaand the post’s first crybaby has shown up. All right!

      • Jan 20, 2018 at 12:33 pm

        I agree with him….the crybaby is the one who mentioned it first. I loathe liberals….but that has nothing to do with hockey….People watch sports to get away from it….so commentaries need to stay out too

        • Jan 20, 2018 at 1:02 pm

          I’m with ya Leather

        • Jan 21, 2018 at 10:16 am

          Another moron who thinks it is wise to advertise it.

    • Jan 20, 2018 at 11:35 am

      theres always one idiot.

      • Jan 20, 2018 at 11:39 am

        Politics should have nothing to do with someone playing on a team. You have every right to believe in what you want. Saying so and so believes this and shouldn’t be allowed to play is completely unfair to a player.

        • Jan 20, 2018 at 11:53 am

          Dave isn’t saying anything about Deangelos views, just that it probably isn’t the best idea to rant on social media about it.

          This moron Genetics then bashes Dave for bringing politics in to this, essentially what Dave said about Deangelo, that politics shouldn’t mix with sports. Genetics is actually bashing Dave for saying the exact same thing that he is saying.

          • Jan 21, 2018 at 2:28 pm

            on politics
            shouldn’t count, but it is not fair to be selective.

            If you back a guy, who shall remain nameless, who says Meryl Streep is overrated or to that effect, don’t remember the exact quote off top of my head; then the guy has the right to that opinion and the proverbial ‘you’ I mentioned backing the ‘guy’ both have a right to that opinion. However, you can’t have it both ways. You can’t claim your opinion is above reproach. Often things are subjective, not objective, and there is some built in room due to non-objective conclusion allowing for disagreement. Saying Streep with a litany of accomplishments is overrated, however, is like saying water is not wet, and at that point those espousing such nonsense have to be big boys about getting called out on it.

            Same thing with that ‘guy’ saying “I am the king of debt’ and he is gonna screw around with the full faith and credit of our national debt. He can say what he wants and it won’t take Futurama’s Bender with his shiny metal ass to say ‘bite me’.


            Back to hockey.
            DeAngelo was acquired at a cost.
            There is some thought we should have gotten more for Stepan.
            This is wrong.
            Derek plateaued promptly. Once it was clear by his 2nd yr what his production was and that he was not gonna develop increased physical tools, including foot speed, we should have traded him back then. Before Torts ran Girardi/Staal into the ground, we could have done Stepan + wonder twins for Taylor Hall and a pick, IMO.

            So finally the win now crowd has been defeated, and is made to bend, buckle and break.
            Live and learn.

            Andersson was the safest pick, IMO, why he went 7OA. He will immediately be an improvement over Stepan, who is not only mucho more $, but also had a NMC that would have kicked in were he not dealt.

            If DeAngelo keeps his politics to himself, which seems to be the case, we should get behind that going forward. If not, he’s asked for it.
            The kid needs to play NHL mins.
            I’d like to see AV go buh-bye, and this way we can give DeA best chance to show himself, and take it from there.

      • Jan 20, 2018 at 2:08 pm

        this coming from a guy who more than likely voted for De Blasio!

        stop the shit already with the personal attacks….

        • Jan 20, 2018 at 2:13 pm

          I don’t live in New York Walt.

          Aren’t you the guy who constantly tells me to stop commenting on your posts if I don’t like them?

          • Jan 20, 2018 at 6:40 pm

            Your right I am, but like someone else once posted that you are a prick, acting like a prick. I see that he was spot on with his assessment of you, and your obnoxious posts!!! I’ll not respond to you again, fair enough!!!!!

            • Jan 20, 2018 at 6:45 pm

              I’d love to hear you say just once “get off my lawn!”

  • Jan 20, 2018 at 11:38 am

    I agree 100% with the puck possession deal.. We have some skilled, even fast players who like to make pretty passes and plays…but don’t like to keep the puck or shoot the puck, or go to the corner to get the puck-we leave that for the other team. AV hopes we get enough counter rushes to produce quick goals while Henrik stands on his head to stop 35-40 shots that the other teams routinely take because they have the puck 60%+ of the time-that’s the process. best thing they can do since Kreider and Shattenkirk are out for extended periods is suck it up -trade Nash an or Grabs for first/second rounders and or DAngelo Pionk, bring up Andersson (if we can) and then get a younger coach who allows younger plays to play and grow…

    • Jan 20, 2018 at 12:06 pm

      I like your future model. I would really like to see the guy Pesan Get the job as next NYR head coach. Rather than diving into the usual coaching candidates, Gorton can make an executive decision and be proactive with the young unknown coach to guide this team. A guy that may favor youth over veterans or at least will let the young guys work their way into the NHL.

  • Jan 20, 2018 at 11:57 am

    young D can break into the AV rangers roster, see Brady skjei. Not easy but it can be done. We’re pulling for you ADA! Remember to respect the game, respect your teammates, and for heavens sake you must respect the Ref (you disrespect, you get the tech). seriously to play in the NHL is a one in a million opportunity and if you throw it away being a dumbass it’s an insult to every ranger fan.

  • Jan 20, 2018 at 11:57 am

    The kid just has to learn to keep his mouth shut and his head up. I think he thought he could goose step into the locker room in Arizona and say what he wanted to whom ever he chose to say it to. The veterans on that team were none too pleased hearing his political furver being aired out and the kid got a bad rap.
    In time, that will fade and hopefully he got a clean slate and open minded locker room here in NY. I would think there’s enough character surrounding the NYR core guys to give D’Angelo an honest chance to prove himself worthy as a good teammate.

    • Jan 20, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      I don’t think it has any actual prove 🙂 Arizona is a bad team with the bad habbits, we don’t know what’s going in their locker room, there is no few veterans there anymore, there is no ADA there, but there is good guy Step, and still all the same

  • Jan 20, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Not sure why its OK for lebron james ,half the nfl players to display political actions on the field, yet this hockey player is not allowed to voice his opinion???????
    Is he being chastised because of his skin color??? Or ethnicity??? Or religion???
    I have no idea what he said but he has a God-given right to say what he wants…..whether I agree or disagree with it………

  • Jan 20, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    I understand why Dave brought up his political views, and I am sure he is not indicating one point of view or the other. But seriously this is a sport, who cares what they do on their spare time.
    Politics should be out of sports, just like those who kneel during the anthem. You are paid employees, there are rules when you work for someone. It IS NOT your right to protest on the field, it is your right to protest off the field.

    I am now going to talk about hockey. D’Angelo has to take this opportunity to heart. I actually am curious to know how Graves feels. I would rather have seen Graves up even though he is a lefty.

    This team has to start selling. Our depth is atrocious and lack of RIGHT HANDED shots a must to correct. There is nothing wrong with logic than try and pretend we have a chance at the Cup. Our chances are zero. Do the right thing

    • Jan 20, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      Way back in the day The Red Army team was mostly if not all lefties. Went to a few camps when I was a kid back in the day and their theory was they know where each player’s stick would be in play.
      And right on on the politics in sports crap … go off the field and work in the community and voice your opinions there.

  • Jan 20, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    DeAngelo was sent down not because his mistakes (because these period all defs were making similar mistakes), but because AV needed to find scape goat to hide structural issues caused by his coaching mistakes

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