Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tony DeAngelo on ice during a game
With Tony DeAngelo available for a 5th round pick, could a contender like the Leafs or Stars take a chance on the defenseman?

News broke recently via Frank Seravalli that the Carolina Hurricanes are listening to offers for right-shot defenseman Tony DeAngelo. With Carolina willing to retain half of his $1.675 million salary cap hit, and the asking price set at a 5th round draft pick, DeAngelo could be moved by the deadline.

It’s no secret that the 2023-24 season hasn’t been a banner year for DeAngelo, who has struggled to find consistency in his game. Nonetheless, a change of scenery could spark the offensively-minded blueliner, and his right-handed shot adds value to teams in need of a boost on the right-side.

Could Tony DeAngelo’s Time in Carolina Be Over?

Several contenders could be interested in DeAngelo’s services. The Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Dallas Stars have all reportedly inquired about adding a right-shot defenseman to their roster before the deadline.

DeAngelo is a player that carries a reputation, both for his scoring ability and sometimes questionable decision-making. Teams will have to weigh the potential risks versus the benefits of acquiring a player whose skillset could undeniably give their lineup an additional jolt.

Could one of these powerhouses be willing to roll the dice on DeAngelo for such a low asking price? It’s certainly something to watch for as the NHL trade deadline rapidly approaches.

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