After one season in Philadelphia, defenseman Tony DeAngelo is staying in the Metropolitan Division and returning to Raleigh, according to multiple reports. The 27-year old and Carolina agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.675 million contract.
He was traded to the Flyers in 2022, as the Hurricanes received a 2022 fourth-round pick, a 2023 third-round pick, and second-round pick in 2024.
DeAngelo appeared in a career-high 70 games with the Flyers in 2022-2023, netting 11 goals and tallying 31 assists for 42 points. He was a stalwart on their power play unit, recording four goals and 19 points on the man advantage.
Philadelphia struggled in DeAngelo’s lone season in the City of Brotherly Love, boasting a 31-38-13 record en route to a seventh place finish in the Metro Division with 75 points.
DeAngelo will be reunited with Rod Brind’Amour and company, where he saw action in 64 contests in 2021-2022, finishing the campaign with 10 goals and 41 assists in what was one of the best seasons of his career.
Drafted No. 19 overall by Tampa Bay in 2014, DeAngelo debuted with Arizona in 2016 prior to spending four seasons with the Rangers from 2017-2021.
An interesting wrinkle with the signing of the Sewell, NJ native is its potential impact on Carolina’s pursuit of San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson. Adding in DeAngelo to strengthen the blue line allows Don Wadell and company to bolster their roster without shedding a contract to create cap space.
In addition, Brett Pesce, who was considered a trade target were Karlsson to come to Carolina, could be removed from the trading block. With one year remaining on his deal, Pesce may remain in Raleigh for one last ride with the Hurricanes before becoming an unrestricted free agent.
With the signing, DeAngelo becomes the fourth newcomer for the Hurricanes in free agency, joining Dmitry Orlov (Boston), Michael Bunting (Toronto), and Brendan Lemieux (Philadelphia).