Rangers to move on from Brendan Smith
Have been told that Rangers are moving on from Brendan Smith as depth defenseman.
— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) July 22, 2021
Smith, who never quite lived up to that four year, $4.2 million contract, was still a useful piece for the Rangers. In the right situation, he put up decent numbers. Specifically, he was fine on the third pair and was a solid depth defenseman. However it was the contract that stood out to most people.
Smith is someone who would have been fine as a 7D, but I’m sure he would want to try to get a top-six role somewhere else. Even if it wasn’t the best run here, he was a consummate professional. He took his AHL demotion in stride, as well as his silly stint as a forward. There are certainly better options as a 7D out there, but there are also far worse options.