Hurricanes sign controversial defenseman Tony DeAngelo to free-agent deal

Chip Alexander, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) on

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Another right-shot defenseman, Voynov won two Stanley Cups with the Los Angeles Kings when former Canes captain Justin Williams was a teammate. As the Canes approached the NHL trade deadline this past May, his name was mentioned.

Voynov has not played in the NHL since being suspended by the league in October 2014 following an arrest for domestic violence charges involving his wife. The Russian later pleaded no contest to a charge and was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years probation, leaving in 2015 to play in Russia's KHL.

Waddell said in March that Voynov was discussed by the Canes and Williams, an advisor to Waddell, weighed in during the discussion.

"We passed on it," Waddell told the News & Observer.

DeAngelo was a first-round draft pick — No. 19 overall — by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2014. He was traded to the Arizona Coyotes, then to the Rangers in 2017.

DeAngelo led Rangers defensemen with 53 points in 68 games in 2019-20, a season disrupted by the pandemic. For DeAngelo and the Rangers, their last game in 2019-20 had a nightmarish end — one that most Canes fans fondly remember.


The Canes swept the Rangers in the best-of-five postseason qualifier in the Toronto bubble in August 2020. In the third game, Canes center Sebastian Aho undressed DeAngelo with a quick move to the net with the puck, leaving the D-man standing frozen like an ice sculpture and scoring on a wicked backhander.

The Aho highlight quickly went viral. The Rangers went home.

DeAngelo signed a two-year, $9.6 million contract with the Rangers in October 2020 as a restricted free agent. His 2020-21 season ended after the Jan. 30 dust-up with a teammate. He played just six games.

In junior hockey with the Sarnia Sting of the AHL, DeAngelo was suspended for abuse of officials and for violations of the league's policy on preventing "homophobic, racist and sexist language."

DeAngelo, while draft-eligible in February 2014, was suspended by the OHL for what the league announced was a "most inappropriate statement" to a teammate.

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