The Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday announced that they have agreed to terms with restricted free-agent defenseman Brendan Smith on a two-year contract, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing. TSN first reported the deal last week, placing its value at $2.525 million, with Smith earning $1.25 million in 2013-14 and $1.275 million in 2014-15.
Smith, 24, had eight points in 34 regular-season games last season while averaging 18:24 of ice time per game. In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he led the team's defensemen with two goals and five points in 14 games. One of his two goals was the winner in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Smith was the Red Wings' first pick (No. 27) in the 2007 NHL Draft. He made his NHL debut in 2011-12, and in parts of two seasons, has one goal and 15 points in 48 games.