When we talk about the Carolina Hurricanes players that can be moved out ahead of the draft, the one that some fans are going to want to throw out the door first is Tony DeAngelo. With the Sewell, New Jersey native expecting a big raise this summer, the Hurricanes have been rumored to have him on the trade block due to the inability to afford the offensively talented defenseman.
Coming off the back of 10 goals, 41 assists, and 51 points season in just 64 games, DeAngelo has seemed to have repaired his value that was once so shattered. His one-year $1 million contract with the Hurricanes seemed to have helped him repair his reputation and with talent like his, there could be a case to have the 5’11 defenseman on the move.
Frank Seravalli reported a couple of weeks ago that the Hurricanes may be seeking to move on from the powerplay quarterback and that there has been a lot of interest in the defenseman. With the Hurricanes not having a first-round pick in this draft, it does raise the question of – could DeAngelo be on the move to a team that he hammers out a deal with? It’s unlikely but possible.
Carolina lost their first-round pick this year in the offer sheet last summer, which is fine. However, a lot can change in the months between August and July. If the Hurricanes are a little higher on a prospect now than they were a few months ago and do desire to trade back into the first round, it seems that Tony DeAngelo could be the piece moved to do that. Is it likely? No. But it wouldn’t be unlike the Hurricanes to do that.