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Brendan Smith Deserves The Blame

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Sometimes when big-money contracts blow up, it is not on the team but on the player. In the case of the Rangers and Brendan Smith, it is the latter.

There is no joy in piling on Smith, placed on waivers Thursday on his 29th birthday just 54 games into the first season of the four-year, $17.4 million contract he signed with the Blueshirts days before he could have gone on the open market to score riches of that size from some other team. Surely, these are the worst days of a well-regarded hockey career in which he was Detroit’s first-round selection in 2007 and spent five years with the Red Wings before coming to New York at last year’s trade deadline.

But Smith, an affable Type-A personality who was one of the Blueshirts’ most important players in the playoffs, bears the responsibility for the train wreck that his 2017-18 became right out of the gate following a summer in which he got married and, as he told the Rangers’ website prior to camp, was a guest at seven other weddings. Maybe No. 42 was even able to sneak in some time for conditioning between bashes.

If placing the defenseman on waivers seems harsh, there is little doubt that management wants it to feel that way.

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Sometimes when big-money contracts blow up, it is not on the team but on the player. In the case of the Rangers and Brendan Smith, it is the latter.

Nope.

This was a terrible contract the second it was signed. This is on management.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 02/09/18 at 08:42 AM ET

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A complete failure on the Rangers part.  They fell in love based on his playoff performance and completely dismissed the shortcomings he exhibited in Detroit.  Heck, the Wings giving up on one of their own 1st round picks is a giant red flag. It’s not like the Rangers have a history of handing out bad contracts *Bobby Holik*

Posted by Steve1306 on 02/09/18 at 09:17 AM ET

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Yeah, I agree with the above comments as well. They seem to have based this contract solely on few games of the playoffs, instead of his entire career. I guess they thought he was coming into his own. But then again, we saw the same thing in Detroit, Smith always elevated his game in the playoffs and the back to dumpster fire the following regular season.
It’s on Smith for not performing, but it’s on Rags management for offering that crazy contract.

Posted by George0211 on 02/09/18 at 10:17 AM ET

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My eyes almost popped out of my head…..‘till I remembered Holland doesn’t have the cap space to claim him.

Whew!

Posted by leftwing on 02/09/18 at 11:44 AM ET

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As expected, Smith cleared waivers, on the way to Hartford.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/09/18 at 12:06 PM ET

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Remember when the Rangers had the highest payroll in the league and couldn’t make the playoffs so the nhl instituted a salary cap claiming the DRW bought a Stanley Cup?

Yeah, me too.

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 02/09/18 at 12:55 PM ET

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Posted by Tripwire32 from the binary digisphere on 02/09/18 at 12:55 PM ET

Remember when a Red Wings fan cried victim?

How can I forget, it happens every single day around her.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 02/09/18 at 03:50 PM ET

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My eyes almost popped out of my head…..‘till I remembered Holland doesn’t have the cap space to claim him.
Whew!
Posted by leftwing on 02/09/18 at 11:44 AM ET

giggle. giggle. giggle. brilliant.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 02/09/18 at 04:01 PM ET

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If only the Rangers took a look at the film when Brendan reach over the bench and grabbed the puck out of the air. That pretty much shows the amount of hockey smarts he has.

Even though KH might have tried to resign Smith (maybe a ploy to get some poor sap to bite on Smith) He still got the better of the deal. That 2nd round pick is looking tasty right now.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 02/09/18 at 04:03 PM ET

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Eight wedding weekends in one off-season?

I understand at twenty-nine there are lots that cluster into one year, one season.

Maybe even important, close friends.

But I’m trying to imagine the planning and discipline it would take to do that,
get ready for one’s own big day, and acclimate to a new team and new city,
right after signing a big contract.

...and actually train and prepare at a pro-level.

On top of that, Smith does have good tools and talent. But over long enough stretches, the
decision making or “thought process” or whatever, repeatedly breaks down.

Posted by Lefty30 on 02/09/18 at 05:35 PM ET

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