It was a surprising move considering New York signed the 25-year-old DeAngelo to a two-year, $9.6 million extension this past October.
“This isn’t about one incident, it’s not about one thing,” Rangers coach David Quinn told reporters on Sunday. “This is a situation that the organization felt was best at this current time, and we’ll see how the situation plays out.”
DeAngelo led Rangers defenseman in scoring with 15 goals and 38 assists in a breakout 2019-20 season. He finished 12th in Norris Trophy voting.
Rough start early in the season
Quinn was asked about reports that DeAngelo got into an altercation with a teammate in the tunnel after Saturday’s game.
“There’s always rumors,” Quinn said. “I’m not gonna address rumors.”
DeAngelo has zero goals and one assist in six games this season. Originally drafted at No. 19 overall in 2014 by the Tampa Bay Lightning, DeAngelo has also played for the Arizona Coyotes and three AHL teams. If DeAngelo clears waivers, he could be put on New York’s taxi squad.