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Rangers trade for Brendan Smith, send Buchnevich to AHL

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The Rangers have just traded for Brendan Smith of the Detroit Red Wings. The price? A pair of picks, including a second rounder.

The Rangers’ don’t pick in the second round in the 2017 Draft. They have two second round picks in the 2018 Draft thanks to the Derick Brassard trade. One of those picks is almost certainly involved in the Smith deal.

The Red Wings were working to sign Smith to an extension but ultimately decided that his price tag was too high.

What are the Rangers Getting?

Smith is a 28-year-old defenseman that instantly makes the Rangers’ blue line better (if he is used correctly). He can play both sides which should help to patch up the Rangers’ lackluster right side. What this means for Kevin Klein and his role on the team remains to be seen.

It sounds like there was some competition for Smith that drove the price up.

The Rangers also moved rookie Pavel Buchnevich to the AHL. Although the move was likely just a “paper transaction” to comply with roster spot rules. We hope.

UPDATE (1:00pm):

The Rangers might be looking at Smith as much more than a rental. If that is the case, expect them to do something else with the blue line here at the deadline.