12:55PM: Darren Dreger says that the Rangers are "definitely interested" in signing Smith to an extension, though it's not something that is urgent.
12:22PM: The Rangers have acquired Brendan Smith from Detroit for the Rangers third round pick in 2017 and Ottawa's second round pick, acquired in the Mika Zibanejad trade.
Smith, 28, is a UFA at the end of the season and has a cap hit currently of $2.75 million.
He is 6-2, 211 and has 2 goals and 3 assists in 33 games this season.
Smith is averaging 18:44 per game, with 15:28 at even strength, 1:21 on the PP and 1:55 on the PK.
On TSN 1050, Darren Dreger said that the Rangers didn't want to trade a second round pick for Smith, "let a lone a 2nd and third," but likely looked at the market and decided to make to pay the price to make sure they got the player.
Smith is a left shot defenseman and played two-years at Wisconsin with Derek Stepan and three-years with Ryan McDonagh.
The 2016-17 Sports Forecaster wrote of Smith, "For the first time in 3 seasons, Smith could not assume he was in the starting lineup in 15-16. It was a wake-up call for the all-round reearguard who was a healthy scratch for 16 games including the last seven of the regular season and first two of the first-round playoff match-up versus Tampa Bay. Smith needs to step it up."
The 2015-16 Sports Forecaster wrote of Smith, "Smith played a career-high 76 games in his second full season but was scratched for the first two games of the playoffs."
The 2014-15 Sports Forecaster wrote of Smith, "He was trusted with a steady role on the first two pairings and set solid scoring benchmarks on the strength of his 5 on 5 puck moving skills. There may be a bigger offensive role in his future, but not necessarily now. Plays a complete game and there's still some upside here."
Adam Rotter: Smith isn't the perfect fit, but he adds depth, some size and certainly helps in the very short-term as Dan Girardi is hurt. The price is probably a little high but sometimes you have to overpay to make sure you get the guy you want. He's also someone that the Rangers may look to extend if they can make the money work. Smith is a solid player and maybe he can find the offensive promise he carried with him as a prospect over to the Rangers. It will be interesting to see how the lineup shakes out if/when all of the Rangers defensemen return to health.