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Rangers re-sign Brendan Smith to four year extension

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The Rangers have re-signed defenseman Brendan Smith to a four-year extension. The deal is worth $17.4 million, which is $4.35 million per year. When I went through our process of gauging his contract last month, I came to five years and $4.1 million. So one less year and an extra $250k per year. I’m going to call that a correct guess by me. I’m 1-for-1. Woohoo.

Smith was by far the best RD for the Rangers during the postseason, and retaining him was critical for the success of the blue line going forward. As of today, Smith will likely land as Ryan McDonagh’s defense partner on the top pair. Suffice it to say, that’s a significant upgrade over Dan Girardi.

Signing Smith was an important step in the offseason process for the Rangers. They now have a legitimate top-four RD on their roster, and for a pretty fair price.

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    As for Smith, great move, and good term, and value. Way to go JG!!!!!!!!

  • Right move by Gorton. 4 years at a reasonable price for a guy who comes to play and is steady if not spectacular.

  • Dave et al will probably remove this…

    But Stepan had to go because he had a NTC.

    Are we going to hear the same exact griping about Smith getting a NTC and not even being on the same performance level?

      • No no, not what I meant at all. I know you don’t.

        I meant trying to prevent a dumpster fire, because I’m asking a legitimate question. I’m not being snarky at all when I ask if the same people who complained about NTC’s are going to complain about Smith getting one.

    • Haha, yeah probably but what else is new!

      We like Smith, this deal is probably less than what he gets elsewhere if he wants until July 1. But, sometime in the next 4 years we will be thinking “asset management” and “oh how did Smith get a NYC?” until then we can enjoy an apparently reasonable signing

  • Good move!!

    A solid d-man, who plays with some grit, and can handle himself in the D-zone. Now we should have a top-notch first pairing d-corps back there.

  • Assuming that a year from now, half of the D corps will be on ELCs and second contracts, I don’t mind giving Smith a nice payday for the next 4 years. Even if he declines and becomes no more than a bottom pair D there should be enough surplus value in the other D roles to cover for Smith being overpaid.

    • Good point, but they’ll also have to cover for Girardi’s buyout, McDonagh’s raise and Staal eventual buyout or retained cap in order to trade him 🙂

      • Ugh, so true.

        Nice to see rumors that Detroit is looking to sign Girardi as a UFA. I really wish Gorton gambled and tried trading G and retained 50% of his contract instead. It would have been a massive and reckless risk, but it would have been great for the long term future of the organization.

        And John B, I don’t know if points/cap hit is the best way to evaluate a D-man. Though that metric would make Skjei a ridiculous bargain …

        • Skjei is, no on an ELC.

          Everyone is completely glossing over a couple of key facts.

          1. The Skjei/Smith pairing had a PDO of close to 110 if I recall (Corsica is down for summer). When they come back to the mean average, there is going to be a huge fall off. Smith was never known for diving offense and we need the puck out of our zone.

          2. Our defense is now McDonagh, lefty; Smith, lefty; Staal, lefty; Holden, lefty; Skjei, lefty; Klein, righty. Maybe DeAngelo a righty. Figure Klein retires as expected and we have 5 left handed defensemen. In case anyone forgot, the players playing on their off hand were pretty damn bad last year. The only “serviceable” pairing with a small sample size was McDonagh/Holden.

          If you have any questions about that, I suggest reading this:

          This is building up to be an albatross contract within 18 months. He’s been trending down in all major metrics the past 3 years. Smith will be Girardi 2.0 very soon.

          But, #narrative will play out.

          PS- Yes Skjei on his ELC was an extreme bargain.

    • He’s already overpaid at that price.

      Using his career average he’s going to cost us just under $242,000 per point.

      Ryan McDonagh, costs us just over $127,000 per point.

      The only two defenseman on the Rangers that cost more than Smith last year were Staal and Kamp-fire. That’s not exactly the territory one should be placing themselves in.

      • John: Barclay and Bob Plager, Rich Pilon, Andre Dupont, Dave Maloney… and now Brendan Smith: their collective value lies not in an ability to ring up points. But in clocking opposing forwards.

        That’s market value. Who gives a f**k about points-per-shekel projections.

        I want stability and nastiness on our blue line. You want points: go sign Rafi Diaz.

        • Ok….and collectively what did all of them win when that style of play actually made sense?

          Then Ask yourself if that style wasn’t getting it done then, what makes you remotely think it’s going to get it done now?

          Yes, let’s build our team to look like the 80’s and 90’s and rapidly become irrelevant so that we can get lottery picks. That’s what many want. They want 1994. However that style of play is long gone. Adapt and excel or look in rear view mirror and lose sight of where game is and where it’s going.

  • I was hoping 4 /4 …. now if they can just stay away from Shittenkirk , unless he signs his hometown discount ,like 3/3

      • I have a feeling some stupid long over paid contract is being written up , just one week after we got from under 2

  • Good move by, I’m guessing at market rate. The Rangers’ recent contractual constraints makes be against NTCs for any player.

  • I like it, but I still do not want Shatty, I would rather buy a #1C for $7M per than Shatty for $7M per. Just sayin.

    • Yeah but, who’s this ‘1C’ you’re buying?

      If you’re referring to Thornton, I don’t know if he still qualifies as one. He had fewer points than Stepan last season IIRC.

      • No not Thorton, rather trade for Galenchuk, but is he a #1C? I still am holding out hope for a guy like Richard Rakel from Anaheim.

    • Agreed. I am not a Shatty fan. I’d rather that they do crazy stuff like play psycho DeAngelo and help him become the player he can be while getting his head straight. Bring up Graves. What the heck, go for it, and next year bring up Sean Day. Put Lias in as the 4th line center for now or how about 3C? Vesey acquitted himself well, so why not Lias? and bring up Boo too, see if he cuts it.

      I’m crazy I’m telling ya, but my God I Don’t want passed Their prime geezers and fill in guys wearing the Blue. I’d much rather watch a talented kid make some bad plays and learn, than watch someone with less abilty who will never get better and instead will get worse.

      I don’t think that Gorton is nuts like me, but I think he is oeriented toward younger players if his last couple of deals are any indication. At least this crazy guy hopes so!

      Man, that was some good acid.

      • Agree totally! Real issue is guy behind the bench. lord forgive, but his regular season record would not be so wonderful if he actually tried to bring a young guy along by living with some mistakes. Stuff goes downhill. For everyone who sees how good he’s been with young players just a little reminder some guys are better than others and a clean mind wins playoffs. He has no idea who can step in for a game or two when need be (from Hartford) and he gets so fa-mished that he loses good players on the bench and sends out guys who can no longer get the job done. No criticism of the players here…they can only do what they can do….and I respect all who stepped out on the ice to COMPETE! Trade AV… there are plenty of coaches who would love to coach the NYR.

  • Smith fitted in well and I believe its was the right move to make to sign him to an extension. Rangers now need a playmaking center that can play defense. If the price is right I would go with Martin Hanzal as with Brendan Smith he has a bite to his game.

  • THUMBS UP Jeff Gorton, great move on signing Smith!! Blockbuster trade in the works, Rangers send Kevin Hayes, Nick Holden, Ryan Graves & Pavel Buchnevich to Buffalo for Jack Eichel & Evander Kane..

  • Was protecting Holden a hedge against not signing Smith? If so, losing Lindberg turns out to be a major fail. But then, hindsight is 20/20.

  • IMHO,
    Gorton so far has done well,4 for 5…..
    Stepan gone, smith signed, girardi gone, NO big contracts to FA .[yet] . 4 for 4
    Lindberg gone……4 for 5
    Again would like to see stallberg and lindberg return , miller to center and try the youngsters before any retreads ……..
    However at reasonable 1 year look contract..either ..Marleau 25 goals ? and veteran leadership we need…..or E. Kane 27 goals ?and a mean streak we need….???

  • let’s say Lindberg doesn’t make the 23 man LVGK roster. Before he is exposed on waivers, don’t you think he might be had for a mid round draft choice?

  • I lie Smith a lot, but this was a slight overpay. But whatever.

    Point is that if Shatty doesn’t sign then it won’t matter much anyway.

      • I’m ok with Smith playing the right side with Skjei, they seem to mix well. But getting Shatty forces DeAngelo to play 3rd pair where he should be for now, and get some PP time as well.

  • Eddie,
    If you’re reading this. Your prediction that McIlrath will be playing in Europe for the 2017/18 season seems to be, ummm not so accurate.
    Detroit signed him to a two year deal. They loved what they saw during the AHL playoffs.
    I happy for the kid.
    Yep unapologetically, I like him, I think he could have been a better third pair right side D-man for the Ranger’s than most all who have recently suited up in that slot.

    • Jerry,
      Spot on comments…….many of us have been saying just that, he is definitely better that any 3rd and maybe 2nd pair defenseman we have used since he was traded……….
      Believe it was coach sissypuss who does not understand the importance of toughness in hockey!!!
      When he earn a regular spot on D lots here will be forced to eat crow!

      • Easy guys, Dylan signed a slightly above league minimum 2-way contract as minor league depth for one of the worst teams in the NHL.

        He is still far from earning a regular spot in Motown, but he does have a shot. To his credit, he’s trying to make himself into an NHL player, he could have cashed out and gone to Europe or the KHL and signed a bigger contract, but he decided to stay in N. America and give it one more go.

        • I like the kid, like his attitude and his tenacity. He was not ready for the NHL when the Rangers and Florida had him, but he seems to have progressed nicely in the AHL. I hope he gets a shot and sticks. He deserves at least to get a shot.

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