The Rangers are finalizing a contract with RFA defenseman Anthony DeAngelo, reports Pierre LeBrun of TSN and The Athletic (Twitter link). LeBrun adds in a follow-up tweet that it’s a two-year deal with a $4.8MM AAV. The blueliner had filed for salary arbitration last weekend but won’t need the hearing now.
The 24-year-old had to settle for just a one-year, $925K last September as DeAngelo didn’t have arbitration rights and the Rangers were right up against the Upper Limit of the salary cap. While that certainly was a tough one for him coming off of a 30-point season, he made the most of it in 2019-20. DeAngelo had a breakout season that saw him post 15 goals and 38 assists in 68 games, good enough to tie him for fourth in NHL scoring among blueliners with Canucks rookie Quinn Hughes.
This deal, if completed, will effectively serve as a second bridge contract, albeit one that’s a lot more expensive than it would have been had they been able to afford to give DeAngelo a multi-year deal last offseason. He gets a significant raise but the risk is limited with just a two-year term. It also leaves him one year shy of being eligible for unrestricted free agency so the two sides will be in this situation again in 2022 where there will be a longer track record to work off of when pondering a possible long-term deal.
More to follow.