Phil Posted August 1, 2018 Share Posted August 1, 2018 ronically enough, no player stands to benefit more from a meaningful training camp for the Quinn-coached club than 29-year-old Brendan Smith. Despite a disastrous first year that saw him relegated to the AHL just five months after signing a four-year, $17.4 million deal, Smith?s game is actually tailor-made to play the style of game Quinn is after. At least on paper. Though unspectacular as a point-producer, his ability to skate with the puck combined with his physical aggression could quickly endear him to the new bench boss who?s vision for the team appears to marry the seeming polarities. Fast forward to today and likely in anticipation of a competitive camp, according to Rangers? radio broadcaster, Dave Maloney, Smith has lost significant weight already this summer. Talking to NHL Network earlier this month, Maloney said of Smith, ?he has lost 15 pounds this offseason working out with the Ben Prentiss group in Connecticut.? With very little change made to an underwhelming defense, any victories earned on the blue line will surely be incremental. The team is beginning it?s first full season under the banner of a rebuild/retool/reload, so a resurrected Smith would surely qualify as a small but measurable win, if not a dash more given the remaining term left on his deal. And this says nothing of the potential value that a revitalized pairing with Skjei could offer the club who, now McDonagh-less, could use all the help they can get. Though it?s fair to suggest that the majority of the excitement in training camp will hinge on the early progress of numerous young Rangers prospects, it?s certainly plausible that Smith earning back the job he lost could be among the best stories of the year. Everyone loves a good redemption story, and his vocal presence could prove useful in bringing along the Blueshirts? fledglings. His demotion last season could even serve as a cautionary lesson for other players not to mistake their AAV for security. https://www.blueshirtbanter.com/2018/8/1/17633664/brendan-smiths-road-to-redemption-with-new-york-rangers-begins-now Sent from my iPhone using Blueshirts Brotherhood mobile app powered by Tapatalk Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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