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Injuries continue to leave the Detroit Red Wings scrambling

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock Heading into their matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Detroit Red Wings were willing to try just about anything that could help their playoff chances, and they did just that. Justin Abdelkader suffered a cut leg in Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Blackhawks and is expected to miss two weeks. Instead of dipping his hand into the Grand Rapids...
March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings’ Defenseman Brendan Smith, In Need of Confidence, Still Looking Mistake Prone

After his notable struggles last season, Brendan Smith needs to rebound in 2013 by advancing his game in the defensive zone. (Victor Garcia, Flickr) For the 14,000 or so Detroit Red Wings’ fans in attendance at Joe Louis Arena Wednsday night, it was groundhog day all over again while watching the travails of defenseman Brendan Smith. It wasn’t that a shorthanded Detroit team...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Brendan Smith to help Red Wings kick off 115 school assembly-holding season on Wednesday

The Detroit Red Wings' community relations department posits a press release noting the start of the Wings' "school assembly program" starting tomorrow: DETROIT RED WINGS FOUNDATION KICKS OFF THIRD YEAR OF THE SCHOOL ASSEMBLY PROGRAM WITH DEFENSEMAN BRENDAN SMITH THIS WEDNESDAY ... Wings School Assembly Program set to Make 115 Visits During 2013-14 Season...
Via Kukla's Korner
September 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings, Smith agree to 2-year deal

The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a two-year contract with defenseman Brendan Smith. The 24-year-old Smith, a former first-round draft pick, played in 34 games for the Red Wings in 2012-13. In 48 career games, he has a goal and 14 assists, along with 49 penalty minutes. Smith also appeared in all 14 postseason games for Detroit this season, scoring two goals with three assists...
Via AP on Fox
July 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings Salary Cap Update: Estimating Brendan Smith’s Deal

Brendan Smith filed for arbitration Wednesday, the lone Detroit Red Wings player to do so. Odds are that Smith and the Wings will reach a deal prior to the arbitration hearing, which would occur sometime in late July or early August. And GM Ken Holland tipped his hand a bit by saying that the Wings would ask for a two-year deal for Smith, should the case reach arbitration. So, what...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
July 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Brendan Smith faces unrealistic expectations

Detroit -- It's not easy being a Red Wings defenseman the year after Nick Lidstrom retires because somehow people expect you to play like he did, which is just not possible. The reason that Lidstrom was called "The Perfect Human" was because he made mistakes so rarely for two decades that people struggled to recall them. When rookie Brendan Smith loses Chicago'...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
May 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Wings' Smith looks for redemption in Game 2

DETROIT Brendan Smith heard about all that criticism of him following the Detroit Red Wings series-opening loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Nobody took more heat from analysts, sports-talk hosts and fans than the 24-year-old rookie defenseman. A few buddies told me it was all over Twitter, Smith said following Fridays practice at Joe Louis Arena. It doesnt really faze me very much...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
May 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Brendan Smith Fights Derek McKenzie: Video

Earlier this season, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Derek McKenzie sidelined Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith for 11 games with a hard hit that injured Smith’s shoulder. Sunday, Smith got a bit of payback. After the two again came together in Detroit’s zone during a 3-2 Columbus shootout win, Smith and McKenzie then dropped the gloves with about 15 minutes left in the...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
March 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings Sunday afternoon news: on Smith and Brunner

The Detroit Red Wings are recharging their batteries after wrapping up their second of 12 sets of back-to-back games in the form of a 4-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night. The Wings will play 13 more times over the course of February's final 24 days, with 4 games over the course of 6 nights scheduled for this upcoming week and next weekend, so the Wings rather...
Via Kukla's Korner
February 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Too Much AHL Time For Brendan Smith?

via Craig Custance of ESPN (must be an ESPN Insider to read on), There's no doubt seasoning in the American Hockey League is crucial to the growth of most young hockey players. When citing the virtues of the league, scouts and team executives often say the same thing: They've seen players hurt because they were rushed to the NHL but never because they spent too much...
Via Kukla's Korner
October 25, 2012  |  Discuss
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