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New York Rangers waive controversial defenseman Tony DeAngelo in stunning move.

New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena.

The New York Rangers have placed defenseman Tony DeAngelo on waivers, less than a month after the defenseman publicly declared his preference for Parler after Twitter deactivated President Donald Trump’s account.

A 2014 first-round pick by the Tampa Bay Lighting, DeAngelo signed a two-year, $9.6-million deal in October as a restricted free agent with the Rangers. They acquired him in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes in 2017.

In 2019-20, DeAngelo led all Rangers defensemen with 53 points in 68 games. But in 2021, he’d already been a healthy scratch in two games this season after earning an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the opener.

Tony DeAngelo had not been shy about his support of Trump in the past, particularly on social media. Although he denounced the attack on the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, he told the USA TODAY Network, he left Twitter for Parler which has since been shut down.

He has also in recent months challenged a fan to a fight on social media. after the election.

DeAngelo’s controversial past goes beyond this year, however. He is suspend in juniors and the NHL for abuse of officials. Also is suspend twice in juniors for violating the Ontario Hockey League’s policy for keeping.

DeAngelo has averaged 18 minutes, 29 seconds of ice time this season, with one assist and a minus-6 plus/minus in six games UFA.

He played 20 minutes, 28 seconds and was on the ice for three goals against in last night’s 5-4 overtime loss.

Each team has the ability to claim DeAngelo and his remaining contract over the next 24 hours. It is unclear what the Rangers’ plans are if the defenseman clears waivers by noon ET tomorrow.

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