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Brendan Smith Looking For A Bounce-Back Year

from Colin Stepehnson of Newsday,

Brendan Smith was more than willing to say that, yes, he did lose weight from a year ago, when he struggled so much in the early part of the season that the Rangers eventually sent him down to Hartford in midseason.

He wouldn’t say how much weight he lost, but officially, the Rangers have the 6-2, 29-year-old defenseman listed at 195 pounds, which is 16 pounds less than the 211 he was listed at last year. Being lighter, Smith said, makes him feel quicker in a game that has continually gotten faster since he broke into the NHL in 2011.

“I feel good,’’ he said before the Rangers lost to the Flyers, 6-4, in their second game of the preseason Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. “Hopefully there’s a little bit more pep in my step because I’m lighter.’’

Smith is hoping for a major bounceback from his disastrous 2017-18 season, and the Rangers are, too. The rugged, take-no-prisoners defenseman was such a force for the Blueshirts down the stretch and during the playoffs in 2017 after he was acquired at the deadline that they rewarded him after the season with a four-year, $17.4 million free agent contract. But after signing the contract, and getting married over the summer, Smith showed up to camp overweight and things did not go well.

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TreKronor's avatar

The rugged, take-no-prisoners defenseman

Hold up.  Who are we talking about again?

But after signing the contract, and getting married over the summer, Smith showed up to camp overweight and things did not go well.

Ohhh, so THAT was the problem.

Posted by TreKronor on 09/20/18 at 08:51 AM ET

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Hold up.  Who are we talking about again?

As far as I know he has never imprisoned anyone.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 09/20/18 at 09:06 AM ET

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Hold up.  Who are we talking about again?

As far as I know he has never imprisoned anyone.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 09/20/18 at 10:06 AM ET

Or defended against anyone for that matter

Posted by George0211 on 09/20/18 at 09:18 AM ET

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And the redwings thank you Mr. Smith for Jonatan Berggren at #33…. grin

Posted by Down River Dan on 09/20/18 at 01:58 PM ET

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Posted by Down River Dan on 09/20/18 at 02:58 PM ET

Ding ding ding.

 


But but but its Kenny and RW coaching that ruins players, remember?

Posted by ilovehomers on 09/20/18 at 06:04 PM ET

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was such a force for the Blueshirts down the stretch

LMAO

Posted by ilovehomers on 09/20/18 at 06:05 PM ET

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Credit where due: Holland has done a solid job getting returns at the deadline once
he finally acceded to subtracting not adding. At the deadline at least.

I’ve got nothing against Smith, but this season might be his last chance
to avoid a buyout…or moving his contract to the great purgatory in the desert.
The Rangers weren’t joking about rebuilding and they have a number of very
talented prospects who might be close.

Ryan Sproul btw is no longer in the Rangers system and still a UFA.
Ouellet looks to be pretty far down the Habs depth chart, too, at least to start.

Posted by Lefty30 on 09/22/18 at 07:15 AM ET

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