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HOCKEY INSIDER SUGGESTS THAT TONY DEANGELO COULD FILL A NEED IN EDMONTON

JUN 9, 2021  (13H21)      MIKE ARMENTI
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It's no secret that the Edmonton Oilers will certainly be looking to rebound in 2021-22 after a disappointing first round exit at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets.

While Oilers GM Ken Holland has already stated publicly that he does not anticipate any major trades during the offseason, that doesn't necessarily mean that he cannot make any impactful moves. There are plenty of worthwhile names available via free agency who could help change the Oilers' fortunes next season.

Part of the issue in Edmonton is that they are not exactly bursting with cap space and are almost certainly losing Tyson Barrie to free agency this summer. Add to that the fact that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Mike Smith, Adam Larsson and Kailer Yamamoto among others are in need of new contracts, and it could potentially limit what Holland is able to do with his roster, as the flat cap has really hindered teams' abilities to spend.

Kevin Allen, Detroit Hockey Now and former USA Today writer, had suggested something way outside of the box that could help to bolster the Oilers' blue line, but it would certainly come at a price - namely, it could be a PR nightmare for the team.

Allen named former New York Rangers defenseman and current pariah Tony DeAngelo as a possible solution to one of the Oilers' problems, as he can likely be had for cheap after being exiled from the Rangers' roster earlier this year amid rumours that he was a major locker room problem.

DeAngelo is certainly no stranger to chaos, as the known Trump supporter also caused a scene on social media during the most recent U.S. Presidential Election after now former President Donald Trump had his Twitter account suspended indefinitely. DeAngelo followed suit by deleting his own social media accounts and promoting the use of Parler, a social networking application for far-right extremists and conspiracy theorists.

His off-ice antics aside, DeAngelo has shown himself to be a very capable offensive defenseman at the NHL level, as is evidenced by his 53 points in 68 games for the Rangers in 2019-20. DeAngelo would be a player who is capable of stepping in to replace Barrie, who is likely to price himself right out of the market in Edmonton after a stellar 2020-21 campaign where he recorded 8 goals and 48 points in 56 games for the Oilers this season.

To be clear, at this point, there is nothing tangible to suggest that DeAngelo is linked to the Oilers in any way, but it's not out of the question that someone looks to DeAngelo as a bit of a reclamation project and, if you look at things from that perspective, then the Oilers are as good a team as any to try to work with DeAngelo to perhaps rehabilitate his image.

My personal opinion is that it would be a bad move from a PR perspective and I'd stay far, far away from Tony D.

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