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Brendan Smith | Defenseman | #42

Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/8/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 211
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (27) / DET
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As an aside, Brendan Smith was on the Waivers Non-Roster on Thursday, which meant that the Rangers had to send him directly to the minors once he cleared.
The Rangers likely would have sent Smith to the AHL even if they had put him on normal waivers, but this just made the move automatic. Smith was on the Waivers Non-Roster so that the Rangers could immediately clear a roster spot for Neal Pionk, who was called up on Thursday. Feb 9 - 1:02 PM

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Brendan Smith went unclaimed on waivers.

Smith signed a four-year, $17.4 million contract with the Rangers over the summer and the whole league basically just said that they wouldn't want it for themselves. Smith has eight points and 69 penalty minutes in 44 games this season.
Feb 9 - 12:17 PM

The New York Rangers have put Brendan Smith on waivers.

That's bad to the point of embarrassing given that he's in the first season of a four-year, $17.4 million contract. He has eight points and 69 penalty minutes in 44 contests in 2017-18. The blueliner has also averaged 17:10 minutes per game, which isn't ideal for a player of his pay grade, but also not shocking.
Feb 8 - 12:59 PM

Brendan Smith scored his first of the season in a 5-2 loss to Pittsburgh.

Smith's goal gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead after the first period but New York could not find the back of the net in the final two periods. Smith has eight points, 48 penalty minutes and a plus-seven rating so he does contribute as a sixth defenseman in deep leagues.
Jan 15 - 7:45 AM

Brendan Smith had 17 penalty minutes on Sunday and was tossed from the game.

Smith got five for interference and a game misconduct for his hit on Mark Borowiecki of the Senators who sustained a concussion on the play. Smith has two assists and 27 penalty minutes this season.
Mon, Nov 20, 2017 06:48:00 AM

Brendan Smith was in the Ranger lineup Friday night in the team's 2-0 loss.

Smith had been a healthy scratch for the Blueshirts' last six games and was getting a bit stale. Friday night he had 19 shifts, played 14:25, was minus one and took three shots on goal. It remains to be seen if Smith will suit up against Ottawa on Sunday.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 12:29:00 PM

The New York Rangers will scratch Brendan Smith for their matinee contest against the Edmonton Oilers.

Smith will now sit for the fifth straight game. He has two points in 11 games this season. Paul Carey will also serve as a healthy scratch.
Source: NHL.com
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 01:03:00 PM

Brendan Smith will once again be a healthy scratch Saturday against the Oilers.

It will be the fifth game in row Smith has sat in the pressbox and the seventh time in 18 games so far this season. Needless to say, Smith is not a fantasy asset.
Source: NY Post
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 09:31:00 AM

Brendan Smith will be a healthy scratch in Wednesday's game against the Boston Bruins.

Smith has two assists in 11 games this season. This will be his fourth consecutive game in the press box. He won't have any fantasy value going forward.
Source: NHL.com
Wed, Nov 8, 2017 08:07:00 PM

Brendan Smith will be a healthy scratch in Monday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Smith will be watching from the press box for the third straight game. He has no goals and two assists in 11 games this season. Boo Nieves will miss the game because of an illness.
Mon, Nov 6, 2017 06:46:00 PM

The New York Rangers will scratch defenseman Brendan Smith on Saturday night as they take on the Florida Panthers.

Smith has struggled in his own end this season and has two points in eleven games. He doesn't seem to be in the good graces of Head Coach Alain Vigneault. Cristobal "Boo" Nieves will join him in the press box.
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 07:24:00 PM

The Rangers will stay with the same lineup they iced in Thursday's victory over the Lightning when they face off against the Panthers Saturday night.

That means that both Brendan Smith and David Desharnais will be healthy scratches Saturday evening against Florida. Adjust your roster accordingly.
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 12:42:00 PM

Brendan Smith will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against the Lightning.

Head coach Alain Vigneault said he didn't like Smith's decision making in front of his own net in the last game, so he'll sit tonight. Nick Holden is expected to take his place in the lineup. Paul Carey is expected to join Smith in the press box.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 07:01:00 PM

Brendan Smith will draw back into the Rangers' lineup on Friday.

Smith had spent the last two games serving as a healthy scratch. That's far from ideal given that this is the first season of a four-year, $17.4 million contract. "I see him (among) our top defensemen, but he has to play accordingly and I feel that there’s definitely room for improvement in his case," Alain Vigneault said. "At the end of the day, I’m sure he knows that." Now that Smith's back in the lineup, he's projected to play alongside Brady Skjei.
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 05:17:00 AM

Brendan Smith will be a healthy scratch in Tuesday's game against the St. Louis Blues.

Smith played in the first two games of the regular season, but this will be his second straight game as a healthy scratch. Fellow defenseman Anthony DeAngelo will also watch the game from the press box. The Rangers will go with a blue line of Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal, Brady Skjei and Kevin Shattenkirk, and Nick Holden and Steven Kampfer.
Tue, Oct 10, 2017 06:40:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Mika Zibanejad
2Kevin Hayes
3Ryan Spooner
4Peter Holland
5Vinni Lettieri
LW1Chris Kreider
2Vladislav Namestnikov
3Jimmy Vesey
4Cody McLeod
5Ryan Gropp
6Matt Beleskey
RW1Mats Zuccarello
2Pavel Buchnevich
3Jesper Fast
D1Kevin Shattenkirk
2Brady Skjei
3Tony DeAngelo
4Marc Staal
5Ryan Sproul
6John Gilmour
7Steven Kampfer
8Rob O'Gara
9Neal Pionk
G1Henrik Lundqvist
2Ondrej Pavelec