After a 24-16-8 season that saw them lose a 7-game series to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, it appears as if the Detroit Red Wings are interested in, for the most part, getting the band back together.
The Red Wings announced on Tuesday that have re-signed defenseman Brendan Smith to an undisclosed, 2-year contract that will keep him in Detroit through the 2014-2015 season. Smith was a crucial member of the Wings’ playoff run, appearing in all 14 playoff games, and even adding 5 points from the defenseman position.
He is a former 1st-round pick of the Red Wings (in 2007) who was also a Hobie Baker Award finalist (given to the nation’s best player) while playing at the University of Wisconsin. Though his two playoff goals actually out-performed his career total of one in the regular season, Smith is well-known as a quality defender, and with his youth (24 years old), he is an unquestioned asset to the Red Wings going forward.
You’d have to imagine that this 2-year deal should keep Smith with the NHL club instead of spending the majority of his time in the AHL with Grand Rapids. Hopefully for Red Wings fans, he can produce at a level becoming of a former 1st-round pick.