Facing up to two weeks without defenseman Dan Girardi and continuing back issues for Kevin Klein, the Rangers acquired defenseman Brendan Smith from the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, the day before the N.H.L.’s trade deadline.
Smith, a first-round draft pick by the Red Wings in 2007, was a college teammate of Ryan McDonagh, the Rangers’ captain, and center Derek Stepan at the University of Wisconsin.
The Rangers sent the Red Wings a third-round pick in the 2017 draft and the 2018 second-round pick they acquired from Ottawa last summer in the deal that sent Derick Brassard to the Senators.
Smith, 28, skated in 33 games for Detroit this season, with two goals and three assists. He has played 318 career games with the Red Wings, including 27 in the postseason, and has 17 goals and 56 assists.
Smith, who is completing a two-year, $5.5 million contract, can be an unrestricted free agent this summer.