The Philadelphia Flyers, ladies and gentlemen. It was less than a year ago that they shipped Shayne Gostisbehere to the Arizona Coyotes, along with some draft picks, in what was a cap dump. Fast forward to July 2022 and they trade three draft picks for Tony DeAngelo, and then sign him for two years at $5M a season:
I honestly cannot get over this. You know that meme from 'The Office' where Pam says, "they're the same picture"? That is what we have here. Leaving aside the off-ice issues from DeAngelo – he fought his goalie 18 months ago! – they are more or less the same player. I believe that DeAngelo is the superior puck-mover, but Ghost is very good himself, and the defence from both players is horrific. Regardless, the Flyers did what they did, so let's break it down.
What Philadelphia Gets
As mentioned, DeAngelo is an offence-first, and offence-only, defenceman. This isn't conjecture, either. From Evolving Hockey, here are his offensive and defensive impacts over the last three years: