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Brendan Smith Is A Vocal Leader In The Room

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Brendan Smith, who blossomed in the playoffs paired with Brady Skjei after being acquired from Detroit at the deadline, is one of the few Type-A personalities on the squad. Vigneault made it clear he believes No. 42’s personality is among his most valuable assets and he should be counted on to assume a leadership role.

“Smitty is vocal, intense, and our room … that’s a good thing to have in the room,” Vigneault said of the 28-year-old defenseman who eschewed free agency to re-up for four years at $4.35 million per. “He’s not only vocal, but he shares a lot of his inner feelings with his teammates, which is good.

“It’s about keeping everyone accountable. I like that aspect of him, I like that energy that he brings. I’ve already talked to him about that expanded role in the dressing room. Coming from Detroit, he’s had some real solid leaders there, so I expect a lot more in that area from him.”

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..... who blossomed in the playoffs…...???????

Only in NY could Smith’s play in the post season be exaggerated to this extent…, well, ok ...Toronto too.  rolleyes

Posted by Down River Dan on 09/16/17 at 08:23 PM ET

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Posted by Down River Dan on 09/16/17 at 09:23 PM ET

Third pair, stapled to the bench in a crucial game in the 3rd period/OT…

Really blossomed!

Posted by ilovehomers on 09/16/17 at 08:42 PM ET


If he’s ‘vocal’ and everything is about being ‘accountable’, doesn’t that just mean he loudly acknowledges and apologizes for his poor play?

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 09/16/17 at 09:53 PM ET


Good for Smitty

Posted by ThatGuy on 09/17/17 at 06:04 AM ET


Sure it’s possible to over-hype Smith’s limited time in New York.

It’s not like he was out there half the game in every critical situation.

But….he appears to be a top-four defender for the Rangers going forward
- a legit playoff team - after lots of people said he was bottom-pairing
at best, if not a total disaster, on the team that finished second to last in the East.

Vigneault has a pretty good rep and record of success as an NHL coach.

Their GM, revamped the defense, buying out Girardi.
And Vigneault has already put Staal on notice that he’s not
guaranteed to even earn a spot on the bottom pairing. Klein retired.
There was talk of trading Holden.

Meanwhile, all one hears about Smith is how glad they are to have him.
Sure, adding Shattenkirk was the big news, but the consensus seems to be
the Rangers defense has been improved significantly and that adding Smith
was part of the solution. I guess we’ll see how he does there over a full season,
but I appreciate that Smith brought some emotion to the Wings and wish him the best.
Likewise, for our #2 and #3 picks.

Posted by Lefty30 on 09/18/17 at 01:25 AM ET

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