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January 23, 2017 | 3:11pm ET
Smith could be dealt once healthy
TheFourthPeriod.com

Thomas Vanek may not be the only player the Detroit Red Wings entertain calls for leading up to the March 1 trade deadline.

Defenseman Brendan Smith, currently mending a right knee injury, is set become an unrestricted free agent July 1, like Vanek, and could be dealt to a team in need of depth on the blueline.

Smith, 27, re-aggravated his right knee in early-January after sitting out a month.

He is making $3.25 million in salary this season, though his annual salary cap hit is $2.75 million, a figure that is attractive to a number of Stanley Cup contenders looking to bolster their defensive corps for a run.

Veteran forward Steve Ott, also day-to-day with a shoulder injury, could also be shipped out if the Red Wings fall out of the playoff race.

Vanek is listed as day-to-day after being hit by the puck on Sunday, but is not expected to miss a significant amount of time.

Red Wings GM Ken Holland is expected to speak with the representatives of both Vanek and Smith in the near future, if he hasn't already, about their contractual statuses, though it's believed a contract extension is not likely for either player until after the expansion draft takes place on June 21, which could lead to both players being dealt by the deadline.

 
 
 

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