Brendan Smith RUMORS & NEWS

  • With Abdelkader out two weeks, Smith moves to forward

    Fox Sports Detroit "The Red Wings' injury situation has gone from ludicrous to surreal. The Wings announced Tuesday morning that Justin Abdelkader will miss up to two weeks with a leg laceration suffered when he was cut by a skate in Sunday's game in Chicago. Coach Mike Babcock announced after the morning skate..." March 18

  • Brendan Smith returning to Detroit Red Wings' lineup wiser and more patient

    Detroit Free Press "Brendan Smith has spent the past few weeks working on the cerebral part of his game. He has mended from a separated shoulder and used the recovery time to figure out how to be a smarter player. Smith is expected to be one of seven defensemen the Detroit Red Wings will use Tuesday, when they..." November 18

  • Red Wings, Brendan Smith agree to two-year contract extension, avoid arbitration

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Red Wings and defenseman Brendan Smith have agreed to a two-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration. The deal has a salary cap hit of $1.2625 million ($1.25 million next season, $1.275 million in 2014-15). Smith, 24, had no goals, eight assists and a plus-1 rating in 34..." July 15

  • Brendan Smith's rookie miscues emerge at worst time for Wings

    Detroit News "Brendan Smith's growing pains are causing Red Wings fans all sorts of stomach pains. And now here comes the real ulcer-inducer: Another Game 7 on the road. Only this time, unlike the last time against Anaheim, it's the pre-series favorite — the Stanley Cup favorite, for that matter — that's..." May 28

  • Smith's strong play rewarding Red Wings' patience

    NHL.com "Being a first-round draft pick is an incredible accomplishment, but it also means increased expectations. In baseball, players in the minor leagues who were first-round picks often are referred to as "bonus babies." At a college or junior-hockey game, people always are going to focus on and..." May 27

  • Red Wings' Brendan Smith bounces back after subpar Game 1

    Detroit News "What a difference a game made for defenseman Brendan Smith. Singled out by most analysts and fans for a subpar Game 1, Smith scored the eventual winning goal Saturday in the Red Wings' 4-1 victory over the Blackhawks that evened the best-of-seven series at a game apiece. The same folks on..." May 19

  • Criticism of Red Wings' Brendan Smith puzzles player, coach

    Detroit News "Nobody on the Red Wings played particularly well in Game 1 of their playoff series against the Blackhawks, but few seemed to take the abuse on social media and network airwaves like defenseman Brendan Smith. The Red Wings' defense struggled all game Wednesday, but it was Smith whose mistakes..." May 18

  • Red Wings' Brendan Smith trying to move past mistakes in Game 1 loss

    Detroit Free Press "Brendan Smith became the social media poster boy for all that went wrong for the Red Wings in the Game 1 debacle Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks. Smith is young and inexperienced — just 24 years old — and he made several costly mistakes in the 4-1 loss. He was criticized during the..." May 18

  • Red Wings' Brendan Smith endures 'whiplash' vs. Kings, but nothing major

    Detroit Free Press "Brendan Smith's fond memories of Staples Center had a little less shine after Wednesday. Smith skated off in pain after getting run over by Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Penner in the third period of the Detroit Red Wings' 2-1 loss at Staples Center, but was able to return. That, at least,..." February 28

  • Brendan Smith's return to Wings lineup is painful one

    Detroit News "Brendan Smith has good memories of the Red Wings playing at Los Angeles' Staples Center. It's where Smith earned his first NHL point in November 2011, assisting on Justin Abdelkader's goal. "I like this rink," said Smith, who returned Wednesday to the Red Wings lineup. Smith has been out..." February 28

  • Injured Wings Johan Franzen, Brendan Smith show progress

    Detroit News "Two important pieces to the Red Wings lineup appear close to returning. Forward Johan Franzen (hip flexor) and defenseman Brendan Smith (shoulder sprain) skated on their own after the Red Wings' team skate Tuesday morning and reported progress. Franzen, in particular, hopes to return for..." February 20

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