Last week, after soon-to-be-former New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo, created a burner Twitter account to continue to spew his hate and political extremism, I called out the Rangers and asked at what point will they distance themselves from an individual who defended the Capitol attack and has a history of racist incidents?
Well, Tony DeAngelo finally ran out of second chances with his teammates and the rangers organization. DeAngelo was waived by the Blueshirts Sunday after reportedly getting into a postgame altercation with teammate and Rangers goalie Alex Georgiev following their team’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Tony DeAngelo cleared waivers on Monday and now the Rangers are expected to part ways with him even though he wasn’t put on unconditional waivers. Per Larry Brooks of the New York Post:
‘DeAngelo is on regular waivers as opposed to unconditional waivers, The Post has learned. According to the CBA, being placed on and clearing unconditional waivers are necessary for a team to be able to terminate a player’s contract.
There does appear to be an exception, according to Section 14 of the Standard Players’ Contract that states: “The Club may also terminate this SPC [Standard Player’s Contract] upon written notice to the Player (but only after obtaining Waivers from all other Clubs) if the Player shall at any time: a) fail, neglect or refuse to obey the Club’s rules governing training and conduct of Players if such failure, refusal or neglect should constitute a material breach of this SPC.”
The fact that no NHL GM wanted to take a chance on a 25-year-old defenseman who is a season removed from finishing fourth in scoring amongst NHL defensemen with 15 goals and 38 assists sent a loud message. Tony DeAngelo is now known as a selfish teammate that no matter how good he can be on the ice, has always been a distraction off it. Well that distraction has trickled onto the ice and that was enough for not just the Rangers to say bye to Tony DeAngelo but for now, likely the league as well.
After unsuccessfully trying to trade DeAngelo for months now, the Rangers finally did the right thing and stopped enabling DeAngelo and the hate he spews.
Now onto the BHN Daily links:
The Boston Bruins did everything but win against the Washington Capitals in a 4-3 overtime loss on Saturday and they’re confident they can grab those two points in the rematch tonight. (Boston Hockey Now)
The major reason the Boston Bruins lost on Saturday was Capitals rookie goaltender Vitek Vanacek who made 40 saves. As Samantha Pell of the Washington Post pointed out, it’s hard not to cheer for the 25-year-old rookie as he spent five seasons in the minors before finally getting his chance when Henrik Lundqvist’s career sadly went on hold due to a heart condition and starter Ilya Samsonov ended up on the COVID list and tested positive. He’s making the best of this chance and may even seize the net from Samsonov. (Washington Post)
All signs point to Boston Bruins Executive Director Of Player Personnel John Ferguson Jr. getting an interview to become the next Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager after Jim Rutherford resigned last week. Ironically, Ferguson, who plays a role in any NHL trade the Bruins make, made his best trade for the Bruins when he was the General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. (Boston Hockey Now)
Montreal Canadiens Assistant GM Scott Mellanby took his name out of the Penguins GM hat, making the chance Ferguson becomes a finalist even better. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now).
Today marks the beginning of Black History Month and the NHL has a number of initiatives and dedicated content coming at you throughout the month. (NHL)
The growing number of postponed games has the NHL heading for a scheduling crunch and a potential change in the standings and playoff race. (TSN)
No one expected the Ottawa Senators to be a playoff team but with an influx of young talent and some solid veterans, did anyone expect an eight-game losing streak? Friend of BHN Bruce Garrioch has more on how the Senators have gone retro with more than just their jerseys (Ottawa Sun)
The Buffalo Sabres are also struggling and the main reason has been goaltending. (Buffalo News)