Brendan Smith Signs Two Year Deal To Remain A Detroit Red Wing

May 4, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Andrew Cogliano (7) is checked by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith (2) in the second period in game three of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Helene St. James has confirmed that Brendan Smith will stay in Detroit for at least two more seasons.

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.

According to Capgeek the signing leaves the Detroit Red Wings with only have 1,044,621 left in cap space to sign both RFAs Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist.

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!

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Topics: Brendan Smith, Detroit Red Wings

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  • JMK-Hawks13

    What was the purpose of Smith and his agent complicating this deal? I know I don’t religiously follow the wings, but I didn’t see a reason for the threat of arbitration.

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