Elliotte Friedman reported late Saturday night that the Philadelphia Flyers were working on a trade to send Tony DeAngelo to the Carolina Hurricanes.
In the midst of all the news surrounding a potential blockbuster trade between the St. Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers, Elliotte Friedman shared Saturday that the Flyers were working to send defenseman Tony DeAngelo back to the Carolina Hurricanes, one year after being traded to Philly. The trade is set to be completed by Sunday. It was widely believed that DeAngelo’s contractual demands led to his departure from Carolina, even though the organization was fond of the player and his contributions to the team. Currently, DeAngelo has one year remaining on the two-year, $10 million contract he signed with the Flyers on July 8. Without factoring in the looming Jordan Staal extension, the Hurricanes have $24.1 million to find a place for DeAngelo for the year.
Counter to that point, it is expected that the Philadelphia Flyers will retain salary in a trade involving Tony DeAngelo. TSN insider Pierre LeBrun added to Elliotte Friedman’s report, stating that the Flyers will retain 50% of DeAngelo’s salary, and receive a prospect from the Carolina Hurricanes as compensation. Current right-handed defensemen on the Hurricanes roster include Brent Burns, Jalen Chatfield, and Brett Pesce. The Hurricanes’ interest in bringing DeAngelo back might also be an indication of things to come for Brett Pesce. On Pesce, LeBrun reported that the 28 year old blueliner could be moved if he and the Hurricanes cannot find common ground on a potential contract extension. Pesce will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2023-24 season and has had many teams inquire about his services. Contract talks have progressed in recent days, but if the price is right, or if the Hurricanes get an enticing offer, Pesce could find himself on the move. In that case, Tony DeAngelo would be their insurance policy.
As for a potential return for Tony DeAngelo, the Philadelphia Flyers are likely to receive a prospect, but not one of the Carolina Hurricanes’ top prospects, of course. The trade is being treated as a salary dump, so it’s unlikely the Flyers receive any player of note. The Athletic’s Charlie O’Connor has heard that the prospect is one that is unsigned, so Russians like Vladimir Grudinin or Nikita Guslistov might make the most sense given the Flyers’ heavy links to star prospect Matvei Michkov in recent days. Penn State center Kevin Wall could also end up being tossed into the fray. For a player like DeAngelo that has no future with the Flyers, any return will be adequate.
This is a developing story.