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The Rangers have placed D Tony DeAngelo on waivers, the team announced Sunday.
It comes as a bit of a surprise that DeAngelo was let go, but it might not following multiple reports that the defenseman got into an altercation with G Alexandar Georgiev in the tunnel headed to the locker room following the team's loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Rangers haven't confirmed or denied the incident, but head coach David Quinn said the placement of DeAngelo on waivers had nothing to do with "one incident."
"There’s always rumors, as you know,” he said. “I’m not going to address rumors. This isn’t about one incident. It’s not about one thing. It’s a situation the organization felt was best at this current time and we’ll see how the situation plays out."
As for who will replace him on the third defensive line, Anthony Bitetto seems to be a frontrunner, and Libor Hajek is also on the depth chart.
DeAngelo has spent the last three seasons with the Rangers, totaling 92 points over 167 career games. Where the 25-year-old goes from here remains to be seen.