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Brendan Smith Signing With The Rangers Is Official

NEW YORK, June 29, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Brendan Smith on a new contract.

Smith, 28, split this past season between the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, registering three goals and six assists for nine points, along with a plus-one rating and 63 penalty minutes in 51 games. He established a career-high in average ice time in 2016-17 (19:14). Smith played 18 games with the Rangers after he was acquired from Detroit on February 28, 2017, registering one goal and three assists for four points, along with a plus-two rating and 29 penalty minutes. He averaged 20:09 of ice time per game with the Blueshirts during the past season, logging at least 20:00 of ice time in 11 of 18 regular season games with the Rangers, and he ranked second on the team in average even strength ice time in 2016-17 (18:20).

The 6-2, 211-pounder also skated in 12 games with the Rangers during the 2017 Playoffs, registering four assists, along with a plus-eight rating and 20 penalty minutes. Smith established playoff career-highs in assists, plus/minus rating, and average ice time (19:41) in the playoffs this year. In addition, he tied for 10th in the NHL – and tied for fifth among NHL defensemen – in plus/minus rating in the playoffs. Smith led the Rangers in plus/minus rating, ranked second in penalty minutes, tied for third in assists, and ranked fifth in average ice time and blocked shots (14) in the playoffs. He also ranked second among Rangers defensemen in assists and tied for third among Rangers defensemen in points (four) in the playoffs.

Smith has skated in 309 career NHL games over parts of six seasons (2011-12 – 2016-17) with the Rangers and Detroit, registering 16 goals and 55 assists for 71 points, along with a plus-two rating and 310 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in goals (five), assists (14), and points (19) with Detroit during the 2013-14 season. Smith has recorded at least 60 blocked shots in three of the last four seasons, and he established a career-high in hits with 94 during the 2015-16 season with the Red Wings. He has helped his team make the playoffs in each of his five full seasons in the NHL, and he has registered 10 points (two goals, eight assists), along with a plus-nine rating and 44 penalty minutes in 39 career NHL playoff contests.

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Reports yesterday said AAV $4.35 for 4 years.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/29/17 at 09:07 AM ET


Smith is one of those interesting analytic cases…. he actually usually has quite good Corsi which implies, overal, on average, he’s a positive player on your team, helping generate more offense than not when he’s on the ice.  But we all know about his complete and other brain farts as well, which quite often, result in a goal against.  This is where I’m not sold on Corsi as the be all and end all tool for rating players.  While I understand the “eye test” and recency bias and all that about how we glaringly remember those brain farts and assign more value to them then they probably deserve, when overall he’s a positive player. 

That being said, your coach, the other players on your team, and the simple formula of wins/losses I think make a strong argument that those brain farts SHOULD be more heavily weighted.  Aside from the obvious where they may cost you a game or more….. there is the influence on your teamamtes.  Trust factor, etc.  For anyone who’s played sport, at any level really, you always have teamates you trust, and those you are worried about while they are on the ice/field etc.  Showing me a stats sheet that tells me he’s actually a positive influence, probably won’t chagne my feeling of playing with that player.  Subconciously Im probably going to play differently… the stats don’t necessarily, bear that thought out… but shot based metrics, while the best we have, leaves something to be desired I believe.

Either way, I always liked Smith and was a bit sad to see him go, becasue he was one of teh few guys we had that played with some fire, played with some Jam…. and could skate.  As head scratching as we could be, he was at least entertaining to watch on a team of very bland defenders.

Posted by DieByTheWing on 06/29/17 at 09:17 AM ET


Good luck, Henrik.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 06/29/17 at 10:23 AM ET


Funny, this means Brendan is making almost exactly double the AAV that this article at The Athletic projected

Posted by EthrDemon on 06/29/17 at 04:00 PM ET

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