• Smith Re-Signs With Detroit

    News: The Red Wings re-signed Brendan Smith to a two-year, $5.5 million contract on Tuesday, the team's official site reports.
    Analysis: The 26-year-old blueliner is coming off a season in which he suited up in a career-high 76 games for the Wings, notching 13 points and 68 penalty minutes. He's only an option in deeper formats for now, however, especially given his limited power-play opportunities.
  • Wings' Smith Set To Rejoin Lineup

    News: Brendan Smith is slated to play in Tuesday's Game 3 against the Lightning, mlive.com reports.
    Analysis: With Brendan Smith back in the Detroit lineup and in line to be paired with Marek Zidlicky, Jakub Kindl and Alexey Marchenko are in line to be healthy scratches on Tuesday.
  • Wings Make Smith A Healthy Scratch For Game 1

    News: Brendan Smith will be a healthy scratch for Game 1 of the Red Wings' first-round playoff series with the Lightning, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
    Analysis: Coach Mike Babcock scratched Brendan Smith for last Saturday's regular-season finale after the defenseman received a costly penalty in the Red Wings' prior game, and it appears he hasn't been forgiven for the mistake. Alexei Marchenko will make his playoff debut in his place, but it still seems possible that Smith will earn his way back into the lineup later in the series.
  • Wings' Smith Was Benched For Stupid Penalty

    News: Updating an earlier report, Brendan Smith was benched Saturday for taking a foolish penalty in Thursday's game and was not just given rest before the postseason, according to the Associated Press.
    Analysis: His penalty cost the Wings the game Thursday against Montreal. He put his team down two-men after swatting an in-play puck while on the bench. The Habs promptly scored on the the two-man advantage to tie the game and then the Wings lost in OT. We're pretty sure the young defender won't have another brain fart like that again.
  • Red Wings' Smith To Rest For Finale

    News: Brendan Smith (rest) will not play in Saturday's regular-season finale against the Hurricanes, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.
    Analysis: The Red Wings have already solidified their spot in the postseason, so coach Mike Babcock will give Brendan Smith and three other regulars the night off in order to recover from a long regular season. With both Smith and Niklas Kronwall unavailable on the blue line, Jakub Kindl and AHL Grand Rapids call-up Alexei Marchenko will enter the lineup.
  • Red Wings' Smith Set To Play Saturday

    News: Updating a previous report, Brendan Smith (arm) will play Saturday against the Red Wings, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.
    Analysis: Earlier reports indicated that Brendan Smith wasn't on the ice for pregame warmups, but he apparently surfaced later during the skate and convinced the Red Wings he was sufficiently healthy. As a result, AHL call-up Xavier Ouellet will head to the press box while Smith plays in his 56th match of the season.
  • Wings' Smith Looks To Be Out Saturday

    News: Brendan Smith (arm) is not taking part in pregame warmups, suggesting he'll be out Saturday against the Predators.
    Analysis: With Brendan Smith unavailable, fresh AHL call-up Xavier Ouellet will step in to join Alexey Marchenko on the Wings' third defensive pairing. Smith should be considered day-to-day ahead of the team's next game Wednesday against the Rangers.
  • Wings' Smith A Game-Time Decision Saturday

    News: Brendan Smith is dealing with a sore arm and will be a game-time decision for Saturday's tilt with the Predators, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.
    Analysis: The Red Wings will see how Brendan Smith is feeling closer to pregame warmups before determining whether or not he'll be able to play. Xavier Ouellet was recalled from AHL Grand Rapids as insurance on the blue line, so he would enter the lineup in the event Smith is ruled out.
  • Wings' Smith Adds Assist In Loss

    News: Brendan Smith collected an assist in Saturday's shootout loss to the Jets.
    Analysis: Despite finishing the night with nearly three minutes less ice time than he had been averaging for the year, Brendan Smith attempted a season-high four shots. The assist helped Smith reach double-digit scoring for the second straight season, but during his tenure with the Wings, he's generally failed to deliver the offensive production that the Wings were counting on when the drafted him in 2007.
  • Wings' Smith Nabs Assist, Two PIM Tuesday

    News: Brendan Smith picked up an assist and two penalty minutes in Tuesday's win over the Wild.
    Analysis: It was the first point since Dec. 23 for Brendan Smith, who has only two goals and six assists in 42 games. The lack of points in combination with his meager hit, block, and PIM totals don't provide Smith with much fantasy appeal.