Brendan Smith’s utterly disappointing season has reached a breaking point. The Rangers placed the defenseman on waivers on Thursday.

After a strong playoff run, the Rangers brought Smith back on a four-year, $17.4 million contract. They acquired Smith at last year’s deadline from the Red Wings.

Smith, who turned 29 on Thursday, has struggled all season. If a team doesn’t claim him within 24 hours he’ll clear waivers and can be sent to AHL Hartford.

The Rangers called up Neal Pionk from Hartford to take Smith’s spot.