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Duck Tales: Anaheim checked in Tony DeAngelo

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Tony DeAngelo #77 of the New York Rangers skates with the puck against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden on March 5, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

Look, I’m not going to pretend that the Anaheim Ducks couldn’t use some help on the back end, so I wasn’t surprised to find out that the team has checked in on disgraced defender Tony DeAngelo (per TSN’s Bob McKenzie).

If you’re not familiar with his work, the 25-year-old DeAngelo has already bounced between three organizations, eventually breaking through with the New York Rangers. His 53 points (15 goals, 38 assists) last season made some noise, but not nearly as much noise as he made on Twitter, where he proudly supported Donald Trump, espoused conspiracy theories about COVID and election fraud, and in general was just kind of a dick. He eventually left the platform and joined Parler, a social media platform used by white supremacists and QAnon conspiracy believers.

On Opening Night with the Rangers this season, DeAngelo took an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for throwing a temper tantrum after taking a hooking penalty and was benched for two games. When he returned, it was just more trouble. He was on the ice for an overtime goal by Sidney Crosby and allegedly put the blame for the loss on goaltender Alexandar Georgiev, which resulted in an altercation between the two.

DeAngelo was then placed on waivers and when he cleared, Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton told the media that DeAngelo had played his last game as a Ranger. He’s in the first year of a two-year contract, with a cap hit of $4.8 million.

And none of this is even touching on the times he was suspended from the OHL for using racial slurs, or the time he was suspended from the OHL for abusing officials, or how his dad said he uses the slurs DeAngelo was suspended for “every day.”

The Ducks need help on the back end, but is this what they’re willing to forgive to make that happen? All for one unrepentant douchebag who has had one decent NHL season?

I sincerely hope not.

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  • Why the NHL should change its scoring system [NBC Sports Philadelphia]
  • Rangers will be 1st NHL team to host PWHPA game [TheScore]
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