The Rangers have taken care of another one of their pending restricted free agents, announcing that they’ve re-signed defenseman Anthony DeAngelo. While terms of the deal weren’t officially disclosed, Pierre LeBrun of TSN and The Athletic reports that it’s a two-year deal with a $4.8M AAV. The blueliner had filed for salary arbitration last weekend but won’t need the hearing now.© Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Anthony DeAngelo will be staying in the Big Apple.
The 24-year-old had to settle for just a one-year, $925K contract last September as he 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 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.ESPN+ Fantasy Tools: Play Like an Expert, Even If You Aren’tSIGN UP NOWAd ESPN+
This deal 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 multiyear 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 when there will be a longer track record to work off of when pondering a possible long-term deal.
With that in mind, it’s worth noting that PuckPedia reports that the deal is slightly backloaded as many have been in recent weeks with 2020-21’s salary being $4.3M and 2021-22’s salary at $5.3M. Under the new CBA rules, which say the qualifying offer will be the lower of 120 percent of the AAV or the final-year salary, DeAngelo’s qualifying offer in 2022 will be $5.3M.
Meanwhile, the Rangers still have some work to do this offseason, even after re-signing Alexandar Georgiev earlier Thursday. Ryan Strome and Brendan Lemieux have arbitration dates in early November, and while they will still have some cap space left after signing both of them, their exceptionally high potential-performance bonus total (over $10M) does limit their ability to spend; teams can only use the bonus cushion up to 7.5 percent of the cap (just over $6.1M). Anything over that is deducted from their allowable spending, so GM Jeff Gorton won’t be able to spend right to the cap.