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Brendan Smith Still Finding His Way

from Steve Zipay of Newsday,

Did general manager Jeff Gorton overpay by handing defenseman Brendan Smith a four-year, $17.4-million contract during the summer?

The jury can’t vote yet because all the evidence isn’t in.

Coach Alain Vigneault has dished out some tough love for Smith, who impressed during last year’s playoffs on his way to unrestricted free agency. He was benched Thursday in the Rangers’ 2-1 overtime win in Tampa, and again in Sunrise, Fla. against the Florida Panthers on Saturday. It was the fourth game that Smith has been a healthy scratch.

Some observers believe that Smith hasn’t really settled in after a whirlwind summer, which included that biggest-ever contract, getting married, buying a house and moving, and assuming the role as the Rangers representative to the NHLPA with Derek Stepan traded to Arizona. During training camp, he mused about adding his voice to the team’s leadership group.

continued plus other NYR noted

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ilovehomers's avatar

Ha. For all the crap HSJ got for the abdelkader/marriage thing, here’s more personal excuses.

Many of the criticisms we have of the Red Wings org can be found anywhere else. Whether its phony journalism or benching young players…most things are not a solely Red Wings problem.

Posted by ilovehomers on 11/04/17 at 06:17 PM ET

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Posted by ilovehomers on 11/04/17 at 07:17 PM ET

I don’t get why you’re so concerned about other teams. Who cares if a problem the Red Wings have is a problem that only the Red Wings have?

Does it really make you feel better that other bad teams also have problems?

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 11/04/17 at 06:33 PM ET

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????

Posted by ThatGuy on 11/04/17 at 06:35 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

If excuses were talent, Smith would be an all-star.

Posted by Hootinani on 11/04/17 at 07:15 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Did general manager Jeff Gorton overpay by handing defenseman Brendan Smith a four-year, $17.4-million contract during the summer?

The jury can’t vote yet because all the evidence isn’t in.

I mean, if 320 NHL games of evidence isn’t enough evidence…

Posted by Primis on 11/04/17 at 07:39 PM ET

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I got to see Smith play in person a few times at Yost while he was in college, and he was an offensive weapon. That skill just never followed him to the pros. He’s now not really an offensive threat and is many times a defensive liability. I feel bad for him, but he’s the rangers problem now. So glad Kenny didn’t make him an offer, because our defense would still be a problem and we be stuck with another $$$ contract

Posted by Down River Dan on 11/04/17 at 07:53 PM ET

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Holland got a pretty strong return here and did the right thing by walking away
- and I was never *quite* as down on Smith as some here.

I wish him well like basically of the guys we cheered for.

The “maybe he’ll settle in” and “get the message” part is a little bit too
much wishful thinking, though.

So was Smith settled in when he suddenly arrived at the trade deadline
playing for a new coach and with a new system?

Sometimes adrenaline and new surroundings can give you a charge.

Maybe his offseason really was a distraction. Shouldn’t be. But he’s a human being.

But he’s played for three NHL coaches now and has been scratched by all of them
and is now in the middle of his prime for a defenseman.

Posted by Lefty30 on 11/04/17 at 08:29 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Couldnt have said it any better in the last 4 comments. Well done, folks.

Posted by ilovehomers on 11/04/17 at 09:59 PM ET

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