Rangers Acquire Brendan Smith from Red Wings

by | Feb 28, 2017 | News, NHL, Rumors | 21 comments

The New York Rangers acquire Brendan Smith from the Detroit 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. 


  1. There is NO similarity between Smith and Shattenkirk that would make Smith a legitimate “fall-back” choice.

    • As a wings fan, I second this statement.

    • The ask for Shattenkirk was supposedly Buchevich and Skjei +, which I mentioned in the other post today. I’ll gladly take Smith over Shattenkirk if their is a shred of truth to that cost.

      It is a bit weird that they went after another lefty. Mcdonagh, Skjei, Staal, Holden and now Smith.

      Klein and Girardi both injured leaving Clendening the only right handed shot on the roster.

      • Oh, no doubt the cost was through the roof for Shattenkirk – Zach Sanford (a 2nd rounder in 2013 playing in Hershey) and Brad Malone (a 4th round pick in 2007 and a career AHLer).

        Those two are eminently forgettable, but then the Caps give up a 2017 1st rounder – albeit a low 1st pick in a weak draft and a conditional 2019 2nd round pick IF the Caps extend him or IF they make it to the 3rd round of the playoffs and he plays in 50 percent of the games.

        Should the Caps trade his rights before the start of free agency, the Blues get a 7th round pick, but IF the Caps trade his rights after the season, and should they get a 4th round pick or earlier, then the Blues get a draft pick two rounds after the pick the Capitals get.

        On top of all that, the Blues retain 39 percent of his salary.

        Talk about convoluted. Sounds like something Lamoriello would dream up.

        Bottom line is, could the Rangers have not sweetened the pot just a tad better than that? After all, their pick in this year’s draft will also be a low 1st rounder.

    • Getting Smith on D from Detroit Does this mean Marc Stahl is gone hearing Montreal wants him…but he doesn’t want to be traded….

    • As a Wings fan I third that statement.

    • Check the metrics…you will be surprised

  2. Purely depth…. Was hoping for Mike Green not Smith

    • If Green was a rental, I’d agree. But he has another year on that deal along with his history of the “”Ouchies”. I’ll pass.

      • But could Green be exposed in the expansion draft?

      • Honestly no idea. But even if he coukd I doubt LV takes him before they take Holden.

  3. Good. So this summer we’ll buyout Girardi, trade Klein (maybe even today or tomorrow) and sign Shattenkirk. And the D will be all set.

  4. Stalberg to the Sens.

  5. V Stalberg to Sens from Carolina for pick.

  6. Waiting for George’s comments re Victor Stalberg. Another solid pickup for the Sens imo.

    • He and Burrows are better out there than either of Neil (who’s past it) or Lazar, so it’s two immediate improvements.

    • As a Sens fan, I like the Stalberg trade. Ottawa’s fourth line has been one of the worst in the league and they now have additional bottom 6 depth. They basically rolled 3 lines all year with the fourth line playing no more than 7 or 8 minutes.

      Still don’t like the Burrows trade and especially the 2-year extension. However, if it works out well and it helps them keep Karlsson happy (i.e. sign an extension next summer), it makes sense. They have Turris and Stone to sign long term as well and that will be easier if they have a strong playoff run.

      As an aside, Condon is starting to look like he is worn out and has let in a lot of weak goals lately. Hopefully, Anderson keeps playing lights out as Condon is looking more and more like a good back-up, not a starter. He was great for the Sens in Anderson’s absence though.

      • Last night’s debacle wasn’t Condon’s fault. I don’t know how many times I have heard post-game comments from players and coaches following a loss where they repeat “we have to stop taking stupid penalties …” Well duh! With a mediocre PK (maybe improved with the additions of Burrows and Stalberg) it should be a no-brainer to play a disciplined game, especially on the 2nd of a back-to-back and against a desperate team with some potent scoring ability. 3 pp goals, 2 by Kucherov in the 2nd as part of his hat-trick, and poor coverage by the F is what did them in.

      • Ya if it’s one thing Burrows should help with it’s not taking stupid penalties (sarcasam) seriously tho I really like the Stalberg trade.

  7. Smith was college teammate of Stepan and McDonagh.
    Chemistry and history never hurt. could of swung this one

  8. Bruins Reportedly Targeting Islanders Goalie Jaroslav Halak For Possible Trade…

    this I can see getting done