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Detroit Red Wings, Brendan Smith Agree to Two-Year Deal

July 15th, 2013 at 7:48 PM
By Frank Vajcner

The Detroit Red Wings have avoided salary arbitration with Brendan Smith.

The club signed the defenseman to a two-year, $2.625 million deal earlier today, which will keep Smith in Detroit through 2015. The deal was first reported by CBC's Elliotte Friedman

Smith recorded only eight assists during the regular season, but was able to find the back of the net in the playoffs as he scored two goals and added three helpers.

“I thought it was a good rookie year for him,” Red Wings GM Ken Holland said. “Unfortunately he got hurt early.”

Smith sustained a separated shoulder in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in February, and was out for almost a month.

“Obviously, coach (Mike) Babcock has a lot of confidence in him,” Holland added. “We think there’s some offense to come. Mike Babcock hasn’t really put him on the power play yet. I think down the road he’ll get some opportunities.”

With Smith now signed, the Red Wings have eight defensemen under contract for this season, which likely means the team won't bring in another blue-liner via free agency.

Tags: Brendan Smith, Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL

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