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Detroit – The Red Wings have re-signed defenseman Brendan Smith, a restricted free agent, to a two-year contract worth $5.5 million.

Smith, 26, was a 2007 first-round draft pick who has had a rollercoater NHL career so far.

Last season, Smith had four goals and nine assists in 76 games, while averaging 17:53 of ice time.

Smith ended up in former coach Mike Babcock's doghouse the next-to-last game of the regular season when he batted a puck flying into the bench against Montreal back onto the ice, getting a penalty that led to the Canadiens scoring.

The Red Wings called up defenseman Alexey Marchenko the next day and Marchenko replaced Smith in the lineup.

Smith played the last five games of the playoff series against Tampa Bay; he did not have a point, and he registered a plus-1 rating.

This leaves the Red Wings with four restricted free agents – forwards Tomas Jurco, Teemu Pulkkinen, Landon Ferraro and Gustav Nyquist.

Free-agent developments

The only Red Wings unrestricted free agent likely to re-sign is forward Daniel Cleary.

Forward Erik Cole is leaning toward retirement, while goaltender Jonas Gustavsson and defenseman Marek Zidlicky will explore other options.

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