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After losing out on Ryan Suter, Wings need to believe in Brendan Smith

Jul 12, 2012, 8:11 AM EDT

Brendan Smith #2 of the Detroit Red Wings checks Jordin Tootoo #22 of the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on March 10, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.
(March 9, 2012 - Source: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

The Detroit Red Wings have lost Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart over the summer and their attempt to patch up that massive hole with the signing of Ryan Suter ultimately failed.

It’s still possible that the Detroit Red Wings will make a trade for a defenseman, but at this point it’s more likely that they’ll have to look within for solutions. If the Red Wings’ current dynasty is to survive, guys like Brendan Smith will need to make smooth transitions to the NHL level.

Smith is an offensive defenseman who excelled at the University of Wisconsin and has been solid over the last two seasons with the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins. He also got a taste of the NHL last season and got seven points and 13 penalty minutes in 14 games.

According to Cap Geek, Detroit has just four defensemen currently signed to one-way contracts, not including Kyle Quincey whose still a restricted free agent, so this is a golden opportunity for Smith to make the team out of training camp.

“The other few years I wasn’t too sure (about making the NHL), and I was fighting for a spot, but they’ve pretty much told me I’ll be there (this season),” said Smith, according to the Detroit News. “The big thing is, I want to show leadership. I can show them what needs to be done to get to the next level.”

If he can do that, maybe Detroit will be alright next season.

  1. zaksyuk - Jul 12, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    Smith is a really good player and was ready 2 years ago. The redwings defense isnt in a OMG ITS HORRIBLE state. Yes Lidstrom is gone but smith is gona help alot. Kronwall,Quincey,Smith,Kindl,White,Ericcson are all fully capable but if injuries happen were in bad shape because there is like no depth lol

    • tmoore4075 - Jul 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM

      I agree. Sure the Wings D isn’t as good as last year but in terms of talent now it’s what a lot of teams look like. Most teams don’t have a Lidstrom. But yeah depth is where it’s scary. Last year they didn’t have depth up front and it cost them late this year, as of now, it’s on D.

    • polegojim - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:09 AM

      I agree… but I’m ‘calling out’ a few guys who need to get off cruise control –

      1) Ericsson – decent season… but time for the big man to step up and earn a leadership role, playing up to both his potential and size. No more creampuff approach – heady and tough..
      2) Kronwall – all those stunning hits are great for highlight reels…. but time to play stellar ‘overall’ D. No more ‘-minus’ seasons.
      3) Abdelkader – only 22 pts and 8 goals, but second on team for PIM… doesn’t cut it. There are Red Wing Defensemen with more points, more goals, and less PIM. This isn’t the minors – play like the Pro you’re capable of and stop messing around.

      Let’s Go RED WINGS

    • jl9830 - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:33 AM

      And every team has at least 1, usually more, injuries to their defense every year, so I think the Wings need to add depth.

    • zaksyuk - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      Also, Smith was on pace last year in his limited time to put up Suter like offensive numbers for about 6.8 million less !

    • hmsgrace - Jul 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

      Smith may be a really good player, but he is not Lidstrom and/or Stuart. They are in a OMG ITS HORRIBLE state. More importantly though, they will never win a cup with Jimmy Howard in goal. Maybe their goalie acquisition will correct this problem. Otherwise, it is going to be another painful season to watch.

      • zaksyuk - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:06 PM

        Sorry bro but new jersey made it to the cup final with more of a no name defense then we have and Howard is better then brodeur by a tiny bit in my opinion. Any team can win the damn cup if they make the playoffs. If we get 40-60 points out of smith he succesfully replaced Lidstrom offensivley. Not in any other category tho

  2. jasonbroughlovezchunkysoup - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    wings suck now haha. its all about the full fledge army thats marching through your living rooms and stealing all the soup in your kitchens. STAY CHUBBED

  3. jnealsmanmeat - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Who even knew the dead wings were still around, havent heard ANYTHING about them since The Franchise and Soup Can destroyed them in 09.

    • m1lla7 - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      weren’t the pens the team that was almost relocated?

  4. buffbry - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Penguins fans suck my balls

  5. t16rich - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    This guy’s older brother is hands down the toughest guy playing box lacrosse today.

  6. jasonbroughlovezchunkysoup - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    buffalo sabres are irrelevant to the nhl. 0 stanley cups. impressive. STAY THICK

  7. jnealsmanmeat - Jul 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Buffalo, another horrible thin team that is an NHL joke. They will never be a franchise like PGH. Keep dreaming of raising the Cup, the closest it will get to u is when u see Soup Can lifting it above his svelt body. SCA

    • m1lla7 - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      I hope it is Kronwall that catches Crosby coming up the boards with his head down, then SMASHHHHHHHHHH….

  8. howardforvezina - Jul 12, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Why is it that NBC allows perverted children to make accounts. This supposed to be for educated comments. Crosby did not win the cup in 2009, Talbot did it for him.

  9. jnealsmanmeat - Jul 12, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Im a retired factory worker for Campbells Soup Co fyi. During my employment, we were always discussing Sids world-known thickness and how he is the unofficial Campbells Soup company representative. Everyone needs to calm down and recognize the SCA.

  10. redwingsfan999 - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Smith is actually a really good player, u never really know how this young guys can turn out. They could be like a Erik karlsson or they could be like Jacob kindl, kindl makes too many mistakes. But either way I’m not worried bout the wings. We still have Quincy, Kronwall, white, and Ericsson who have played in this league long enough 2 know how 2 play defense. And don’t be surprised if u see Kronwall and Quincy taking bigger leadership roles on and off the ice. However I do think the wings should try going after someone @ the trade deadline or maybe a little before, someone like Keith yandle or robyn regehr. And as far as r offense goes let’s just try 2 get Shane Doan for now.

  11. jasonbroughlovezchunkysoup - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    sir girth sid would never let a blow off nobody like that get the best of.him. only soup can himself can get the best of himself and thats pretty much impossible. show the franchise some respect and bow down all you peasants. SCA IS HERE TO STAY

  12. balewsquare - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    The soup can guy isn’t banned yet cause….

    1. He made multiple accounts?
    2. He makes irrelevant comments?
    3. He makes vulgar comments?
    4. He attacks other users?
    5. He attacks the author?

    ….yeah I don’t see this being a problem yet. I used to just not read PIT and PHI stories, but now it’s everywhere since he prematurely shot his wad over acquiring Parise.

  13. jnealsmanmeat - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Cornhole doesnt have the speed, coordination or brainpower to perform such a move on soup can sid, who was made in god’s image.

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