NHL Notebook: Calgary Wranglers sign goaltender Connor Murphy to amateur try-out and Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Tony DeAngelo suspended for spearing

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Zach Laing
1 year ago
The Calgary Wranglers are bringing in goaltender Connor Murphy on a professional tryout.
Murphy, 24, has spent the last two seasons with Union College in the NCAA having spent two prior campaigns with Northeastern University. His best season in the college ranks came in the 2021-22 season where at Union College he posted a 14-18-3 record, .919 save percentage and a 2.66 GAA appearing in every game that season.
This past year, however, some of his numbers took a step back posting a .889 save percentage and a 3.34 GAA to go along with a 12-17-1 record.

DeAngelo suspended

Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Tony DeAngelo has been suspended for two games by the NHL for spearing Tampa Bay Lightning forward Corey Perry.
The incident happened during a Wednesday night game, and as Daily Faceoff’s Matt Larkin describes, it was an open-and-shut case:
During a post-whistle scrum, DeAngelo crept up to Perry seemingly unnoticed and jabbed him with his stick in a sensitive area. Yes, that sensitive area. The Lightning players immediately swarmed DeAngelo in retaliation. He received a five-minute major for spearing and a game misconduct.
On Wednesday morning, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced that DeAngelo would have a hearing for the incident. On Wednesday afternoon, the DOPS announced a two-game suspension for DeAngelo
Given the clarity of the footage available and the context – it came in the dying minutes of a game in which the perpetrator’s team was down by multiple goals – it was an open and shut case.
DeAngelo didn’t qualify as a repeat offender under the collective bargaining agreement but did have a rap sheet. He was suspended in 2017 for physical abuse of an official. He was also fined in 2021 for embellishment. DeAngelo was also suspended twice during his major junior career for violating the OHL policy on the use of abusive, racist and homophobic language.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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