After really struggling out of the gate, the New York Rangers have put it together, the team has won six straight and are 8-2-0 in their last 10. 

While the Rangers now look like they're ready to contend for a playoff spot, one defenseman hasn't been participating in the team's resurgence. 

Brendan Smith has been a healthy scratch in five straight games and seven of the last 19, this coming after he signed a four year deal worth $17.4million over the summer. 

Smith was a first round pick by the Detroit Red Wings in 2007, but last year fell out of favour with the team and found himself on the Rangers. 

Larry Brooks of the New York Post mentions it's time that general manager Jeff Gorton should shop him around so "both sides can cut their losses". He mentions that he doesn't think head coach Alain Vigneault is convinced that Smith can be part of the team's success on a daily basis moving forward. 

It might take some work to get another team to take on his $4.35million cap hit until 2021, but there's plenty of teams out there that need defense. 

Source: New York Post
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