Detroit Red Wings cut ties with Givani Smith, including in minor league trade

WASHINGTON — Givani Smith’s time with the Detroit Red Wings organization has come to an end.

The 2016 second-round pick, once seen as a possible fourth-line grinder/enforcer, was part of a Monday night minor league trade that sent Smith to the Florida Panthers for defenseman Michael Del Zotto. The Wings then traded Del Zotto to the Anaheim Ducks for forward Danny O’Regan, who will report to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

It’s only been a little over a year since the Wings had enough of Smith, 24, to include him on the list of protected players during the Seattle Kraken expansion draft.

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Detroit Red Wings right wing Givani Smith (48) seeks the puck during the first period against the Buffalo Sabers at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY on Monday, October 31, 2022.

Detroit Red Wings right wing Givani Smith (48) seeks the puck during the first period against the Buffalo Sabers at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY on Monday, October 31, 2022.

Smith played in 85 games with the Wings from 2019-2022, recording seven assists, seven goals, a minus-16 rating and 138 penalty minutes. He brought energy and was willing to fight, but he lacked speed and sometimes discipline, and that was unable to gain a foothold in Detroit. He played in two games with the Wings this season.

A Berlin-born American, O’Regan has played in 30 NHL games, but has not played more than a handful in a single season since playing 19 with the San Jose Sharks in 2017/18. He has 99 goals and 174 assists in 361 American Hockey League games.

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Smith’s departure leaves defenseman Filip Hronek as the only remaining player of the players the Wings selected in the 2016 draft. First round Dennis Cholowski was shown in the 2021 expansion draft and taken by the Kraken, but they gave him waivers before it season started and he was claimed by the Washington Capitals. He is currently in the organization of the New York Islanders.

None of the other picks — defenseman Alfons Malmstrom (No. 107), defenseman Jordan Sambrook (No. 137), G Filip Larsson (No. 167), and F Mattias Elfstrom (No. 197) — have never played in a Wings uniform and are no longer in the organization.

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