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Brendan Smith Is Mr. Versatile

from Greg Joyce of the New York Post,

The Rangers defenseman’s first full year in the organization ended early after an injury at AHL Hartford, 11 games into his tour of the minors that began when he went through waivers unclaimed in February. It was hardly what either side had in mind when he signed a four-year, $17.4 million contract, and the nightmare season had Smith doubting himself and his future.

“I felt like I wasn’t good enough and I wouldn’t be able to get back,” Smith said Wednesday before playing 19:01 in a 4-1 Rangers loss to the Canucks at Rogers Arena. “A lot of times, I questioned myself if I was even good enough.”

These days, Smith is in a better spot. His path back to an NHL regular has not been a linear one — a healthy scratch for five of seven in November, three of four in December and nine of 11 in January, then making a recent cameo at forward. He served as the fourth-line left wing for six straight games and eight of nine before eventually returning to his natural position last Thursday in Detroit.

But Smith is now finding his way into the lineup nightly, even if unconventionally.

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Brendan Smith Finds New Life Under David Quinn

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

It’s almost as if Brendan Smith were waiting and wanting to hear this question.

“Do you think this system fits your game better than last year?” he was asked, referring to the lost season he spent mostly in the minors.

“For sure I think it does,” the smiling Rangers defenseman told The Post after Friday’s practice in Tarrytown. “My biggest thing is I want to make good outlet passes; I want to be hard-nosed, strong in front of the net; I want to compete for pucks. I think that’s what I’ve done in the past, and to me, that’s winning hockey. When we get back to it, it works out.”...

“I think he’s really kept it simple,” said Quinn, whose team next plays Sunday night at the Garden against the Flames. “He’s a guy that has good skills, he’s not trying to do too much, he’s defended hard. He’s in great shape, so he’s able to play at a pace. His skating has always been elite. He’s in a whole different mindset.”


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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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Brendan Smith Deserves The Blame

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Sometimes when big-money contracts blow up, it is not on the team but on the player. In the case of the Rangers and Brendan Smith, it is the latter.

There is no joy in piling on Smith, placed on waivers Thursday on his 29th birthday just 54 games into the first season of the four-year, $17.4 million contract he signed with the Blueshirts days before he could have gone on the open market to score riches of that size from some other team. Surely, these are the worst days of a well-regarded hockey career in which he was Detroit’s first-round selection in 2007 and spent five years with the Red Wings before coming to New York at last year’s trade deadline.

But Smith, an affable Type-A personality who was one of the Blueshirts’ most important players in the playoffs, bears the responsibility for the train wreck that his 2017-18 became right out of the gate following a summer in which he got married and, as he told the Rangers’ website prior to camp, was a guest at seven other weddings. Maybe No. 42 was even able to sneak in some time for conditioning between bashes.

If placing the defenseman on waivers seems harsh, there is little doubt that management wants it to feel that way.


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Video- Brendan Smith Hit On Mark Borowiecki

Five for interference and a game.


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Brendan Smith In The Headlines For The Wrong Reasons

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Smith’s turnover rate has been alarming. His lack of physical play has been unexpected, given the fact that his nastiness in the first round against Montreal was not only a key to the Blueshirts’ six-game victory, but a major reason why general manager Jeff Gorton went to 17.4 million lengths to keep Smith from becoming a free agent....

It is worth wondering whether, this soon into the union, there is buyer’s/seller’s remorse on Smith’s part. The answer came from Smith’s agent, Anton Thun.

“I’m not sure who’s the buyer and who’s the seller in this case, but there are no regrets at all from Smitty,” Thun told The Post prior to Wednesday’s match. “And while I don’t want to speak for the Rangers, I talk to Jeff pretty regularly and I’ve never gotten that impression from him.

“Smitty’s no dummy. He knows this is a performance-based industry and his hasn’t been where he would like it to be or where it needs to be. He’s just working hard to get back in the lineup.”


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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.

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Brendan Smith On Being A Healthy Scratch The Last Two Games

from Justin Tasch of the New York Daily News,

There was only so much Brendan Smith was willing to say about being scratched the last two games. Smith, on the first year of a four-year, $17.4 million contract, admitted he was surprised and “frustrated” because every player would rather play than not. But then came the question of whether his removal from the lineup just three games into the season was warranted.

“Warranted? I don’t know how to answer that,” said Smith, who will return to the lineup Friday in Columbus after he played an awful opening period in Toronto last Saturday. “You know what I think? I think that I should’ve played better in the first period — should’ves a tough word. I could’ve played better, and I think the team would’ve liked to have played better because it would’ve put us in a better position. I think everything that you do, there’s pros and cons, there’s consequences to everything. A lot of times you can get knocked off the horse. You’ve just got to get back on.”


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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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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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Brendan Smith Staying With The New York Rangers

via Bob McKenzie tweets,

NYR and Brendan Smith are close to finalizing what is expected to be a four-year deal.

It will be an AAV of $4.35M.

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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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Brendan Smith Or Kevin Shattenkirk For The New York Rangers?

from Justin Tasch of the NY Daily News,

The way things have turned out, perhaps the Rangers are better off with Brendan Smith instead of Kevin Shattenkirk, the apple of contenders' eyes at the trade deadline. And that is not a slight against Shattenkirk, rather a recognition that Smith in these playoffs has been everything the Rangers hoped, a sharp blue-liner with plenty of bite, and some bark to go along with it.

Both players enter unrestricted free agency this summer, and the longer Smith plays this effectively the higher a priority he should be becoming for the Rangers' offseason plans. Smith says he's not thinking beyond the playoffs, but he did allow that he could see himself sticking around New York.

"Yeah, for sure. I enjoy it here," Smith told the Daily News. "I like the guys, I think the team is really good, and we're only gonna get better with all the young players."


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A Not So Hot Return For Henrik Lundqvist And A Brendan Smith/Corey Perry Fight

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

If Henrik Lundqvist wanted to be tested in order to prepare for the playoffs upon returning from a seven-game absence covering nearly three weeks, The King surely was that here on Sunday in a 6-3 empty-net abetted defeat to the Ducks.

“It was a challenging game,” Lundqvist said with a wry smile after surrendering five goals on 33 shots in 58:37. “You hope for maybe a little easier game, but there are no easy games in this league.”

It is impossible for there to be an easy game with the Rangers making it as difficult as possible on themselves and their goaltender. Despite being tied 3-3 entering the third, the Blueshirts were guilty of a multitude of bleeps, bloopers and blunders in their decisions, puck-movement and coverage all night long.

“Too many guys brought their ‘C’ game and that’s not good enough,” coach Alain Vigneault said following the defeat that prevented the Rangers from clinching a playoff spot. “It was not an easy game for Hank, but if I know him the way everyone does, he’s going to get better.”


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Wings Recall Brendan Smith

Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings today announced that defenseman Brendan Smith, 22, has been recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL). Detroit has also placed veteran blue-liner Mike Commodore, 31, on the 7-day injured reserve list.

Smith can start serving his five game NHL suspension tonight.

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Brendan Smith Suspended For 12 Day By The AHL

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman Brendan Smith has been ruled ineligible to play in the AHL until Oct. 18, 2011. Smith was suspended by the National Hockey League for the remainder of the preseason plus five regular-season games for an illegal check to the head of an opponent during a game vs. Chicago on Sept. 28. According to the AHL’s by-laws, a player who is under suspension in another league or organization who seeks to play in the AHL while under that suspension will have the relevant disciplinary matter independently reviewed by the President of the American Hockey League, who may in his discretion deem the player ineligible.

Smith’s AHL eligibility does not affect the terms of his NHL suspension.


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Report- Brendan Smith Suspended

via Pierre LeBrun tweet,

Source: Brendan Smith gets rest of pre-season (3 games) plus 5 reg-season games

added 11:20am,

NEW YORK (September 30, 2011) – Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith has been suspended for the remainder of the preseason and five regular-season games, without pay, for an illegal hit to the head of Chicago forward Ben Smith during a preseason game on September 28, NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan announced today.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Brendan Smith will forfeit $23,648.65. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
At 5:26 of the third period, Brendan Smith hit Ben Smith in the head, injuring the Chicago player in the process. Brendan Smith was assessed a match penalty.

Brendan Smith will miss preseason games tonight vs. Toronto, tomorrow night at Toronto and Sunday vs. Pittsburgh. He also will miss five NHL regular-season games.
A full explanation of Shanahan’s decision, complete with video, will be available on NHL.com later today.

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Video- Brendan Smith Hit On Ben Smith Tonight

added 12:07am 9/29/11, via Adam L. Jahns of Inside The Blackhawks,

Coach Joel Quenneville: “Both referees said that’s a classic example of what we’re talking about, that’s the illegal hit. It was pretty black and white. I’m not happy about it. [Ben Smith is] better, we’ll see how he is tomorrow. The severity of these suspensions have been very big. It’s going to get [the players’] attention, and I’m sure players will learn.”

Detroit coach Mike Babcock: “The interesting thing about the league now - and I don’t doubt that [Brendan Smith’s] shoulder hit [Ben Smith’s] head - is there any responsibility on the puck carrier, toe-dragging, sliding sideways, to look after himself? Doesn’t appear like there is anymore, is there? You come across the middle, toe-dragging like this, and you get dinged. And I’m not saying that our guy isn’t guilty, his shoulder hit his head, you better not put yourself in those situations I would say. There will be a video report about it tomorrow, I’m sure.”

According to the box score, Brendan Smith received 10 and a match penalty.


added 11:02pm, Instant Twitter analysis below…

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