Rangers bench star Tony DeAngelo for game against Islanders
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Rangers coach David Quinn is shaking up his lineup after just one game.
Tony DeAngelo will be benched for Saturday night’s rematch against the Islanders, Quinn said. The defenseman compounded a third-period holding penalty with an unsportsmanlike conduct infraction for a double-minor in the Rangers’ season-opening 4-0 loss Thursday to the Islanders at the Garden.
DeAngelo, who signed a two-year contract worth $9.6 million in October, didn’t skate with the main group in Friday’s practice and was relegated to working out with the practice squad. The fifth-year NHLer, who broke out last season with 53 points in 68 games, cannot officially be assigned to the taxi squad without clearing waivers.
“When we do make changes, we can always go back,” Quinn said Saturday. “If they don’t work we can [go] to Plan B.”
Quinn had said last week that the Rangers spoke with DeAngelo after the defenseman caused a stir by deleting his Twitter account and calling the social media platform a “disgrace” after President Trump was permanently banned from site following the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.
Brendan Smith will replace DeAngelo in the lineup against the Islanders, and forward Phil Di Giuseppe will be in for Kevin Rooney, Quinn said.
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