Zattaman wrote:parker wrote:aTTicA wrote:Craig Custance: It's time to sell. There's going to be a temptation to give this current group every minute of opportunity to get back in the playoff race and keep the playoff streak alive, but the better move would be to join the sellers while it's still such a strong sellers market. The Red Wings have three goalies. They could move one of them. They have winger Thomas Vanek, who absolutely should be traded, even if the Red Wings want to bring him back again in the summer. Brendan Smith is a strong skating defenseman who has the skill to play in a top four --
Saw that too, if other people besides Custance think that, maybe he actually has some trade value, which would make it more sensible that Marchenko was waived to keep him.
Well, he is a very good skater. And, he's had stretches where he can play really well.
Main problem is that he needs a strong partner, something he's never had in Detroit. A few years ago, when he was paired with Kronwall for a few games, he looked like a top 4.
Has Smith ever had anybody here that could mentor him on defense? Seems like he's been left to his own device.