The New York Rangers have made another roster move today, sending Anthony DeAngelo down to the AHL. The 22-year old defenseman had played eight games for the Rangers this season, but will now have to ply his trade at the minor league level.
It’s a curious move for the Rangers, opening another roster spot after waiving Adam Cracknell this morning. The team was carrying eight defensemen and dressing seven of them, using DeAngelo as basically a powerplay specialist. Moving forward, the team is likely to go back to dressing 12 forwards, though it’s not clear who they will all be. The team recently sent Filip Chytil down to the AHL, and find themselves in a disappointing 2-6-2 hole to start the year. Waiving Cracknell is one thing, but perhaps another move is needed to give the team some jump.
Whether that move is imminent is unclear, so for now one must assume that the team will insert Paul Carey back into the lineup when they take on the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night. That may not make Rangers’ fans happy, as the 29-year old forward has been held scoreless through his five games this season.
For DeAngelo, this isn’t the first time he’s failed to live up to expectations. Traded first from the Tampa Bay Lightning, and then again this summer from the Arizona Coyotes, the offensive blueliner can’t seem to put it all together at the NHL level. In 47 career games he has 15 points, but is also a -17. While possession statistics may paint a different picture for his overall impact, coaching staffs clearly don’t trust him to log a regular shift.