3 Defensemen Devils Should Avoid On Trade Market

The New Jersey Devils are in the market for a defenseman. While Nikita Zadorov would have made sense, he's no longer available. The Devils need to avoid the mistake of going after the next best thing.

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Anthony DeAngelo
Carolina Hurricanes

This one is just brain dead, but reports say the Devils are in on the controversial offensive defenseman. Elliotte Friedman reportedly mentioned Tony DeAngelo as an option for the Devils to replace injured Dougie Hamilton. It doesn't sound like it's actually something that the Devils have explored, but it's a name that's been mentioned, and that's enough to scare us.

DeAngelo's history is well reported. He was kicked off the New York Rangers after getting into a physical altercation with Alexandar Georgiev. He's been in social media fights with fans before quitting Twitter/X. Now, there are fans who believe he has burner accounts. While that would be ridiculous, it's what comes with the price of keeping DeAngelo on the roster.

It would be one thing if he was actually good (although still not something the Devils should explore). However, with how bad he's played for the Hurricanes this season, there's literally no reason to make this move. He's been a healthy scratch for most of the season, especially recently. The reason he's not playing is he's a disaster on defense. The Devils can't afford that.

DeAngelo is a New Jersey native. He was born in Sewell and played his youth hockey in South Jersey. So, as with every single New Jersey native ever, DeAngelo was eventually going to be tied to the Devils. This seems like an outside chance at best, and it would be the worst possible move Tom Fitzgerald could make.

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