Anthony DeAngelo, who was acquired last Friday by the Rangers, was suspended twice in 2014, his draft season, one game for abusing an official and 8 games for comments he made to a teammate.
DeAngelo's coach at the time, former NHLer Trevor Letowski, said that DeAngelo was "caught up in the moment" and probably wishes he could take back what he said. (Yahoo)
After he was drafted in 2014 by Tampa Bay, head scout Al Murray said that they met "almost everybody who ha ever been in contact" with DeAngelo and said that they couldn't find anyone who didn't "speak very well of him."
Murray added, "he gets mad every now and then and that anger manifests itself into behavior that he's going to have to learn to control. But we feel the risk is not very high. We love the competitiveness in him, he just needs to dial it down a notch and show better self-control."
He said right after he was drafted that he was honest with teams about his suspension and how he learned from his mistakes.
On his character, Steve Yzerman said after the draft "we did our Homework with the people he has played for, with, his family. We know his entire history. We think this is a young man with great potential. We talked about the suspensions and how he has handled certain situations and that he will have to change if he is going to make it as a pro hockey player. We believe in him. These kids are 18-19 years old, they will change. Some change for the better, some for the worst and we expect him to change for the better."
When DeAngelo was traded in the OHL from Sarnia to the Soo Greyhounds, he said that he was maturing and that a lot of his issues had to do with mounting losses for the Sting.
After putting up 43 points in 69 games for Syracuse in 2015-16, DeAngelo was traded to Arizona for a second round pick.
In that 2015-16 season he was a healthy scratch 8 times, "likely resulting from a combination of attitude issues, undisciplined play and an aversion to defense (DeAngelo was a minus-18)." (Syracuse.com)
Al Murray said at the time of the trade that DeAngelo was "one-dimensional" and Steve Yzerman said that the trade was more about the player they acquired with the pick than it was about DeAngelo. (TampaBay.com)
Arizona GM John Chyka said when DeAngelo was acquired, "It's always a concern but we thought the risk was worth it at that point," Chayka said. "He's a young kid. He's made some mistakes or done some things, but we're willing to work with him. We think strongly that he's a good person." (AZ Sports)
This past season, DeAngelo played in 39 games for Coyotes but was suspended for three games in January after he attempted to "shove' an official.
He was also given a game misconduct and ejected for a boarding major against St. Louis
After being acquired over the weekend, Larry Brooks wrote that one of his suspensions in 2014 was due to using "race-based language."
Jeff Gorton was asked on Friday about getting a guy who had been traded twice already and said, "we were asking for him, it's not like he was being thrown at us. He was the player we wanted and there are some questions about Anthony and his past and we looked into every scenario with this, talked to a lot of people, have done a lot of work regarding him and his maturity. We are really comfortable with our player development and coaching staff and our team here that we can really help him and get the most out of him."
After the trade last week, Johnny Gaudreau tweeted "good luck" to DeAngelo and told his friend and former BC linemate Kevin Hayes to get him under his wing.
Adam Rotter: DeAngelo has already become polarizing to many because of his past and/or because of his views on politics and social issues. I may not like or agree with DeAngelo's views but ultimately, my bigger concern with him is that he doesn't put the Rangers in a tough or embarrassing situation on or off the ice. No one seems to doubt that DeAngelo has All-Star caliber talent but many question his ability to play the defense part of being a defenseman and there have been concerns about his temper on the ice. It's nice when players show emotion and play with an edge, but that does no help if that emotion and edge are being used in ways that penalize or hurt the Rangers. It will be very interesting to see how both the Rangers and DeAngelo navigate the road ahead.