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Thoughts following the Tony DeAngelo contract

Yesterday, Tony DeAngelo ended his contract holdout, signing a one-year, $925,000 deal. He will return to camp and likely get himself into the lineup before the end of the preseason. As per usual, I have some thoughts.

1. DeAngelo had no leverage, so the signing was inevitable. The kid knows he needs to perform again this season for any sort of contract stability. After all, his future in the NHL may not even be with the Rangers, so getting on the ice is the most important thing for his career at this point in time.

2. The length and dollar amount of the deal isn’t really a surprise, since it had been mentioned numerous times that the Rangers were not going to budge off their qualifying offer to DeAngelo from the summer. The Blueshirts had minimal cap space and needed to make something work. They now have $235k in cap space, which includes Brendan Smith and 14 forwards. They will likely wind up with $1 million in cap space when the season starts.

3. DeAngelo’s spot in the lineup is still a major question. He is in direct competition with Adam Fox for the 2RD spot, the PP QB on the second powerplay, and potentially a future with the Rangers. Many of us are quick to pencil Fox into the 2RD spot, and perhaps that is a little too optimistic given he has no NHL experience. DeAngelo does control his own destiny here, but he needs to perform.

4. Then again, DeAngelo just signed yesterday and Fox, after tonight, will have appeared in two preseason games before DeAngelo even gets two practices. Fox looked good in the first preseason game, but it’s still just preseason. The Fox/DeAngelo competition is a storyline that not many are talking about yet. Maybe it’s because DeAngelo hadn’t signed yet. It will be interesting to see how they both perform. Also worth noting that direct competition is a term we use, but not the players don’t.

5. Last year’s RD went from Shattenkirk-DeAngelo-Pionk to Trouba-Fox-DeAngelo. That’s one hell of an upgrade.

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  1. Still not a big ADA fan. I hope Miller and Fox push him off the Rangers by opening night 2020.

  2. 1. DeAngelo had no leverage, so the signing was inevitable. The kid knows he needs to perform again this season for any sort of contract stability. After all, his future in the NHL may not even be with the Rangers, so getting on the ice is the most important thing for his career at this point in time.

    Absolutely Correct – So why the $#%@^$# holdout in the first place??

    1. Probably figured he could squeeze a couple of hundred K out of them with the threat of a holdout, when you’re making 925K an additional 200-325K is a lot — also the word was he wanted a little term, so maybe 2 years @ $1.5M. They were wrong … I wouldn’t be surprised if his agent gets fired, although it may not have been his fault — he might have suggested giving this a shot because his client wouldn’t listen to reason.

    2. Why not wait and see if you can get something more in line with how you performed. So he missed a couple of bullshit exhibitions. In two weeks it won’t mean a thing. The anti ADA crap that some of you “fans” keep posting makes me want to puke. The kid has enormous skill and a huge set of balls on the ice. Try keeping your politics and biases to yourself. You are so transparent.

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