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A Two-Year Deal For Givani Smith

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings today re-signed right wing Givani Smith to a two-year contract.

Smith, 23, split his third professional campaign between Detroit and the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins in 2020-21. In 16 games with the Red Wings, Smith notched four points (1-3-4) and 21 penalty minutes, while registering 28 hits in 10:35 average time on ice. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound winger notched his first NHL multi-point game with a goal and an assist on Feb. 7 at Florida, while completing the "Gordie Howe Hat Trick" by recording a fighting major in the game as well. Smith also played 25 games for Grand Rapids last season and ranked among team leaders with nine goals (3rd), six assists (T9th), 15 points (7th) and 54 penalty minutes (2nd). Over three full professional seasons, Smith has totaled seven points (3-4-7) and 30 penalty minutes in 37 NHL games with Detroit and 47 points (24-23-47) and 217 penalty minutes in 129 games with the Griffins.

The Toronto, Ontario, native was selected by Detroit in the second round (46th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and spent four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League prior to turning professional. In 236 games with the Barrie Colts, Guelph Storm and Kitchener Rangers from 2014-18, Smith tallied 135 points (73-62-135) and 411 penalty minutes, leading the league in penalty minutes in consecutive seasons in 2015-16 and 2016-17. In his final OHL campaign split between Guelph and Kitchener in 2017-18, Smith picked up 30 points (17-13-30) in 46 regular-season games before racking up 18 points (11-7-18) in 18 playoff games with Kitchener.


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damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

Right on! Good for Smith

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 09/14/21 at 01:20 PM ET

Paul's avatar

One way deal, $775K both years.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/14/21 at 06:34 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I dig it.  Here’s hoping he’s more than fisticuffs and shows he can play two-way hockey as well.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 09/14/21 at 06:40 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Hope he can become an impact role player.  Haven’t seen big scoring potential from him but that would be a plus.  You can contribute without being a big scorer.

Posted by RWBill on 09/14/21 at 06:41 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

He does add grit, but heard he is not a very good fighter. We shall see. smile

Posted by bigfrog on 09/14/21 at 07:18 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Here’s hoping he’s more than fisticuffs and shows he can play two-way hockey as well.

Posted by SYF

Based on what I saw in the televised Griffins games last spring, he’s actually a better defensive forward than a fighter. He didn’t intimidate any opposing players that I saw. That job fell to Dylan McIllrath.

But the term and the money are reasonable, so let’s see what he can do with a full year in Detroit. He’s just one more low-risk signing by Yzerman.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 09/15/21 at 12:18 AM ET


Perfect term/dollar. Now go out there and earn that next contract.

Gotta love that almost all the Wings or on “earn that next contract deals”. The will be plenty of room for raises and more ice time but players from top to bottom are going to have to fight for those pay raises, roster spots and ice time over the next couple of seasons. Now it is up to Blashill to put each player in the best position to succeed.

Posted by evileye on 09/16/21 at 09:58 AM ET

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