All eyes will likely be on Hurricanes defenseman Tony DeAngelo when he returns to the Backyard Tuesday to play his former Rangers workforce, following his dangerous breakup with New York.
DeAngelo was all smiles whereas discussing his return, which additionally consists of ex-Rangers Derek Stepan, Brendan Smith, Jesper Quick and Brady Skjei.
“I believe I used to be preferred by a superb majority of followers, clearly just a little portion there that in all probability didn’t. However that’s effective, if they’ve something for me, I might care much less,” DeAngelo instructed stated earlier than Tuesday’s sport — between the highest two groups in a tight Metropolitan Division race.
He famous that his different teammates returning to the Backyard ought to doubtless obtain a “optimistic” reception from followers, “however I don’t find out about myself.”
DeAngelo hasn’t performed a sport on the Backyard since January 30, 2021, after he had a bodily altercation with Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev after a 5-4 extra time loss to the Penguins. DeAngelo was positioned on waivers after the incident.
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Tony DeAngelo says he was “preferred by a superb majority of [Rangers] followers.” On returning to MSG tonight:
“If they’ve something for me, not a giant deal – I might care much less” pic.twitter.com/tl61uan7kS
— Rangers Movies (@SNYRangers) April 12, 2022
“There’s been some chatter,” stated Smith in regards to the ex-Rangers return to New York. “May very well be no response, could possibly be a bizarre one. We’ll should see.”
For DeAngelo, his Rangers drama is up to now.
“I took the brunt of it, (was) made the poster youngster for it, however all the pieces labored out for the perfect,” he instructed The Athletic on Tuesday. “Even not getting traded final 12 months, as a lot as I’d have preferred to play, that labored out as a result of I bought to return to Carolina. Who is aware of the place I’d have ended up if issues labored out otherwise.
“It is a good spot for me, I like enjoying for Rod [Brind’Amour]. If I used to be trying across the league and (somebody requested) me the place might I’m going, that is the place.”
DeAngelo — who leads Carolina defensemen with 10 targets, and is averaging 19:43 per sport — stated he was excited to see his former Rangers teammates after New York’s latest go to to Raleigh final month.
“ what? I had good relationships with lots of people right here,” DeAngelo stated. “Folks may not notice that and they won’t say that now, however I used to be one of many first guys to textual content Gorts (ex-GM Jeff Gorton) and Quinny once they bought let go. Folks have a little bit of a misunderstanding about me and Quinny. We didn’t agree on all issues, but it surely wasn’t like we didn’t get alongside. I preferred him, I believe he preferred me. Exterior hockey, we bought alongside rather well.”
Tony DeAngeloCharles Wenzelberg/New York Put up
“You by no means wish to see somebody get fired, proper? Gorts has landed again on his toes and I’m positive Quinny will too. I used to be upset for these guys as a result of I knew what they have been constructing right here. And now you see them sitting there with 100 factors and 10 video games left.”
DeAngelo’s Hurricanes teammates supported him, vowing to The Athletic how a lot of a superb man he’s.
“I do know what sort of man he’s. He’s a terrific man,” Quick stated. “Hopefully they will see previous what occurred there final 12 months. Coming right here, figuring out him from earlier than, he’s a superb man within the room. Hopefully, he will get the identical reception as the remainder of us.”
Smith echoed related feedback saying DeAngelo has performed a superb job of placing it behind him and enjoying nicely.
“In our league, it’s about being constant and enjoying nicely, and he’s performed that,” Smith stated. “I’m pleased with him for doing that. He’s been our X-factor. He was type of like that in New York, while you noticed him and Breadman [Artemi Panarin] making performs in every single place. It’s been a superb marriage for our workforce.”