2/28/17 | 12:06PM: Bob McKenzie says that the Rangers are working to finalize a trade for Smith and that picks, including a second rounder, would be going to Detroit.
2/27/17 | 7:36PM: Bob McKenzie said on TSN that there have been negotiations with Detroit about an extension for Smith and that the Wings will decide shortly if they will keep or move him.
McKenzie said, "New York Rangers are one of many teams interested in Brendan Smith."
Aaron Ward noted that a possible extension for Smith would be three-years at $3.75 million.
2/26/17 | 9:15AM: Elliotte Friedman said on HNIC last night that there is interest in Smith from a couple of teams but that the Red Wings are trying to re-sign him.
2/24/17 | The Rangers may be "zeroing in" on Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith as a trade target, according to Darren Dreger. (TSN 1050)
Elliotte Friedman wrote earlier this week that Detroit may take a run at re-signing Smith before they make a decision on trading him. (Sportsnet)
Smith, 28, has 2 goals and 3 assists in 33 games this season while averaging 18:44 per game.
In 291 career games, Smith has 15 goals and 52 assists with an average of 17:00 per game.
In his career, when Smith is on the ice the Red Wings have had 54.9% of the shot attempts at 5 on 5.
Smith is a UFA after the season and has a cap hit of $2.75 million and an actual salary of $3.25 million.
Smith is a left shot defenseman and played two-years at Wisconsin with Derek Stepan and three-years with Ryan McDonagh.
Adam Rotter: Smith is an interesting option but he hasn't panned out to be the offensive defenseman he was thought he would be and he is a left shot when the Rangers are more in need of a right shot. Still, he's a young player and would provide some stability and insurance for the Rangers on defense. Depending on the cost he might be a worthwhile investment for the Rangers as a rental and possibly someone to re-sign, but with all the interest in him the cost may not be worth it for the Rangers.