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Report: Red Wings apparently using defenseman Brendan Smith as trade bait

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Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

According to TSN, and Travis Yost, the Red Wings are apparently shopping defenseman Brendan Smith:

TSN has Smith ranked 21st in terms of "trade bait" on their trade centre broadcast. Smith only has 13 points this season, but is an unadulterated analytics darling. The question begs to be asked, why is a team who is so weak on defense willing to part with one of their best defenders?

There's no doubt there Brendan Smith would draw a ton of interest from multiple teams, but what return would make sense for Detroit? Smith was tied in with Toronto last season when the Wings were making a push for Dion Phaneuf. I'm not sure a trade like that is available today, but we'll keep you updated as the day goes along.