Larry Brooks of the New York Post is reporting that New York Rangers defenseman K’Andre Miller was the player who broke up the physical altercation between Anthony DeAngelo and Alexandar Georgiev following Saturday nights 5-4 OT loss to the Penguins.
DeAngelo was placed on waivers on Sunday and has until noon Monday to be claimed.
Per Brooks “The Post learned Monday morning, Kâ€™Andre Miller broke up the altercation that was precipitated by a remark from DeAngelo to the goaltender just as the team left the ice.”
The altercation appears to be a result of a miscommunication between DeAngelo and Georgiev which led to the OT game-winning goal scored by Penguins Sidney Crosby.
Here's the miscommunication between DeAngelo and Georgiev from last night's overtime + the Penguins' game-winning goal that he was on the ice for #NYR pic.twitter.com/KhlJJPtrL8
— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) January 31, 2021
Should DeAngelo clear waivers it is unclear what the club will do with the defenseman. He could be placed on the taxi squad or sent to the AHL and play for the Hartford Wolf Pack. He just signed a two-year, $9.6 million contract that has an AAV of $4.8 million.
The physical altercation was the straw that broke the Rangers back regarding the Sewell, New Jersey native. His antics on social media over this past summer did not go well with the organization.
Head coach David Quinn told Dan Rosen of NHL.com that DeAngelo being placed on waiver was not just from one bad game.
Quinn: "This isn't about one incident, it's not about one thing. This is a situation that the organization felt was best at this current time and we'll see how the situation plays out."
— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) January 31, 2021
Defenseman Anthony Bitetto will be in the lineup on Monday night when the Rangers hist the Penguins at MSG.
Altercation with goaltender will mark the End of Days as a Ranger for Tony DeAngelo. https://t.co/Y8Y0apuKYt
— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) February 1, 2021