Helene St. James has confirmed that Brendan Smith will stay in Detroit for at least two more seasons.
Per GM Ken Holland, Red Wings have agreed to deal with D Brendan Smith, avoid arbitration. Smith, 24, gets 2 YRS $2.525M/ $1.26M cap hit.
— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 15, 2013
With the deal done, the Red Wings and Brendan Smith will avoid arbitration. I told you that him filing for arbitration was not a big deal.
One of the best parts about the deal is that Smith will still be an RFA after the two-year deal is up, which means the Wings could theoretically save more money down the road with Smith.
Smith played 34 games with the Detroit Red Wings, in his first full season with the team, and posted 8 assists, but zero goals.
In the playoffs Smith played all 14 games and despite not having the best playoffs, he still tallied 2 goals and 3 assists.
There is a little wiggle room thanks to Daniel Alfredsson‘s contract which allows the Red Wing to go $2M over the salary cap though.
Welcome back Brendan Smith!