Sens sign Smith
Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today that the club has signed defenceman Jason Smith to a two-year contract.It's a two-year, $5.2-million contract, which is reasonable given the circumstances. Ottawa has plenty of payroll room even with Smith onboard, although contracts for RFAs Antoine Vermette and Andrej Meszaros are still in the works.
The 14-year National Hockey League veteran has acted as team captain in each of his last six NHL seasons, including 2007-08 with the Philadelphia Flyers and the previous five seasons with the Edmonton Oilers.>> team release
Ottawa's defence is going to look mighty different next season after losing Wade Redden, Mike Commodore and Luke Richardson as free agents, and if youngster Brian Lee can make the team, it'll be a relatively young group, too:
Phillips - Volchenkov
Smith - Meszaros
Schubert - Lee/Nycholat
GM Bryan Murray could certainly add another blueliner via free agency, although the pickins are getting slim. The best bet would be to make a deal with the Ducks for Mathieu Schneider, depending on Anaheim's asking price.