3. Re-Signing Brendan Smith
The choice the Rangers made to re-sign Brendan Smith is one of their best of the offseason. Smith joined the Rangers in March after being picked up at the trade deadline. He was one of the most successful defenseman in the playoffs.
While Smith only recorded three goals and six assists in his 51 between Detroit and New York during the regular season, he had four assists in the 12 games during the Rangers playoff run.
In addition, Smith was a great partner to young defenseman Brady Skjei — the pairing thrived due to their slight differences balanced by their many similarities.
The 27-year-old came in and fit the Rangers style of play perfectly. The decision to sign Smith for four years ensures that the Rangers get some of his prime years on the ice. Plus, the four year deal worth $4.35 million AVV is reasonably priced and ensures he will be able to step into a bigger role on the roster in 2017-18.