Let’s save one for the Givani Smith era, folks.
The Red Wings sent Smith to the Florida Panthers in a three-way trade that sent center Danny O’Regan to Detroit. The third part of the deal, Michael Del Zotto, is traded from Florida to the Anaheim Ducks.
How you feel about Givani Smith leaving Detroit probably depends on what style of hockey you like. On the one hand, Smith was a good physical presence who was also good for a big hit or a fight to fire up the crowd. On the other hand, his skill set didn’t translate well on the scoresheet. The Red Wings gave Smith plenty of chances to play for the Red Wings, but his lack of scoring (just 14 points in 85 career NHL games) and the fact that other players were better defensively kept him from scoring. full time position.
Danny O’Regan, in addition to becoming the Red Wings’ most Irish-sounding player since Brendan Shanahan, will likely add center depth to the Grand Rapids Griffins lineup. O’Regan is a former AHL star who has 18 points in 27 games with the San Diego Gulls this season. He’s also a right-handed center with NHL experience (30 career games), something the Red Wings don’t have a lot of in their system, so he could be used in depth if Detroit struggles with injuries up front.