Brendan Smith said on breakup day that this Rangers team was "arguably" the best team he had ever been on and while it was only for a short time, "it was fun to be part of it." (SNY)
Smith continued that it was a lot of being being a Ranger and after thanking Red Wings GM Ken Holland and Rangers GM Jeff Gorton, called his time with the Rangers "a blast." (SNY)
Smith said that he will see what comes with being a free agent but again added that he "really enjoyed" being with the Rangers, liked the group of players, said that the Rangers "do it right" and again called it a "blast." (SNY)
Smith is a pending UFA and Larry Brooks wrote that it's "important" for the Rangers to keep Smith as a second pair option.
Brooks added that he thinks a 4-5 year deal worth between $4 million and $4.5 million could get things done. (NY Post)
The Red Wings were hoping to sign Smith to a three-year deal worth $3.5 million before they traded him to the Rangers. (MLive)
Adam Rotter: I liked Smith and thought that he was a good fit and brought some nice jam on defense. He isn't perfect but he skates pretty well, usually makes the smart play and has some offensive ability. When it comes to Smith, if the Rangers have the space I think they should bring him back. From Smith's side, he needs to decide what is more important
Smith will likely be able to get more money on the open market than he can from the Rangers, but if he truly liked playing in New York as much as it seems he might be willing to take a bit less to stay. If the Rangers find a way to move Kevin Klein and Nick Holden's contracts, without taking much back in return, that would probably be more than enough to keep Smith, but it's rare that things work out that easily. If Smith wants to stay and the Rangers want to keep Smith then they will get creative and figure things out.