Rangers Acquire Brendan Smith from Red Wings
TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the New York Rangers have acquired defenseman Brendan Smith from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a second-round pick in 2018 and a third-round selection in the 2017 NHL draft.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Rangers were believed to be in the hunt for Kevin Shattenkirk prior to his trade to the Washington Capitals. Smith, 28, was reportedly their fall-back choice once Shattenkirk was off the market.
A pending unrestricted free agent, Smith has good size (6’2″, 210 lbs), skates well and plays a good all-around game. The one drawback for the Rangers is he’s a left-handed shot, but evidently that wasn’t a deal breaker. He should be a good depth addition to their blueline over the remainder of the season.
The Wings probably aren’t down shipping out some of their UFAs. Forwards Thomas Vanek and Steve Ott could also be on the move before the March 1 trade deadline.