The Detroit Red Wings have completed the signing of defenceman Brendan Smith on a two-year contract that will see the player make $1.25m next season and $1.275m in 2014/15.
The Red Wings have avoided salary arbitration by signing the player up before anyone else made him an offer. The 24-year-old played in 34 matches for the Red Wings in the 2012/13 season in which he made eight assists, although he didn't manage to score.
Smith was a former first-round draft pick, and in all 48 of his career matches he has managed a goal and 14 assists, along with 49 penalty minutes.
He spent parts of the last three seasons with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.
In a total of 152 AHL career matches he has 27 goals and 59 assists, demonstrating why the Red Wings looked to ensure getting the defenceman back for next season.
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