Wings bring back Brendan Smith
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a two-year contract with defenseman Brendan Smith.
The 24-year-old Smith, a former first-round draft pick, played in 34 games for the Red Wings in 2012-13. In 48 career games, he has a goal and 14 assists, along with 49 penalty minutes.
Smith also appeared in all 14 postseason games for Detroit this season, scoring two goals with three assists.
Smith spent parts of the last three seasons with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. In 152 career AHL games, he has 27 goals and 59 assists.
The Red Wings announced the deal on Tuesday.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Red Wings are currently 14/1 to win the 2014 Stanley Cup. The Penguins are favored at 13/2, the Blackhawks are 7/1 to defend their championship, and the Bruins are 10/1. The Blues, meanwhile, are 12/1, while the Kings are 14/1 and the Canucks are 16/1.