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If The New York Rangers Want To Sign Brendan Smith

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Brendan Smith’s sights are not necessarily set on hitting the open market on July 1, but the impending free-agent defenseman’s agent made it clear Monday that while the 28-year-old could eschew free agency to remain with the Rangers, it would have to be for a fair market value deal.

“Brendan has told me that he enjoyed the entire experience of playing in New York and being with the Rangers and that he certainly would consider signing a new deal and going back instead of becoming a free agent,” Anton Thun told The Post. “But at the same time, I want to make it clear that he hasn’t told me, ‘Get a deal done with the Rangers.’

“He’s looking for a good fit with a good organization, and the Rangers certainly qualify. But to pass up free agency, Brendan’s going to need a contract that reflects market value.”...

It is difficult to project the Rangers’ cap space for next season until a resolution is reached regarding potential buyouts of Dan Girardi and/or Marc Staal and possible trades of core forwards. Suffice to say, however, it will likely take a deal of four or five years between $4 million and $4.5 million per to keep Smith from sniffing around the open market. The Blueshirts certainly should be able to afford that.

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, however, it will likely take a deal of four or five years between $4 million and $4.5 million per to keep Smith

So KH will promptly offer 6 years / $5.5M per.

Posted by AZWinger on 05/22/17 at 04:25 PM ET

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it will likely take a deal of four or five years between $4 million and $4.5 million per to keep Smith from sniffing around the open market. The Blueshirts certainly should be able to afford that.

I hope the Rangers do it.  Oh, do I hope they do it and further tie themselves up with cap space on a team that keeps trying to contend but doesn’t do anything.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/22/17 at 04:27 PM ET

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, however, it will likely take a deal of four or five years between $4 million and $4.5 million per to keep Smith

So KH will promptly offer 6 years / $5.5M per.

Posted by AZWinger on 05/22/17 at 05:25 PM ET

And, he will call it a good deal.  wink

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 05/22/17 at 04:57 PM ET

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Yes, do it.  Do it do it do it, Rangers!

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/22/17 at 05:05 PM ET

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Oh, do I hope they do it and further tie themselves up with cap space on a team that keeps trying to contend but doesn’t do anything.

Red Wings model

Posted by godblender on 05/22/17 at 05:08 PM ET

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Red Wings model

And their feeling the pain of it now.  NY has been emptying their coffers of all their prospects for year’s, but haven’t won a Cup since what, 94?  They’re close, but it won’t happen for a while. Kind of like Vancouver of 5 years ago.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/22/17 at 05:43 PM ET

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Yes, do it.  Do it do it do it, Rangers!

I agree. I met Smith a couple of times, and he was nice to visit with. In saying that, it is time for the Red Wings and Smith to stay away from each other. confused

Posted by bigfrog on 05/22/17 at 06:44 PM ET

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