Wings sign free agent Brendan Smith to a two-year contract

DETROIT (WXYZ) - The Detroit Red Wings have successfully avoided salary arbitration.

According to reports, the Red Wings have signed restricted free agent Brendan Smith to a two-year contract worth $2.525 million.

The defenseman filed for salary arbitration with the team last week.

Smith, 24, provided eight assist and no goals through 34 total games last season for the Red Wings but added two goals and three assists in 14 playoff games.

The 2007 first round pick was plagued by injury last season, missing 11 games due to a shoulder injury he suffered against the Columbus Blue Jackets Feb. 2.

Before joining the Red Wings after the lockout, Smith played in 152 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins in the American Hockey League and scored 27 goals.

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