Jason Smith Joins The Ottawa Senators

Scott MillerAnalyst IJuly 8, 2008

Veteran defenseman Jason Smith has signed a two-year deal with the Ottawa Senators today.

Known best for his defensive play and leadership, Smith has played 14 seasons in the NHL with New Jersey, Toronto, Edmonton, Philadelphia, and now Ottawa.

Jason Smith leaves the Flyers after one season with the team, where he served as captain (he was also captain of Edmonton for 5 seasons before being traded to the Flyers). He finished the season with 1 goal, 9 assists, and 86 penalty minutes, in 77 games. He also led his team in blocked shots (204) and hits (142).

In 945 career games, Smith has 40 goals, 128 assists, 1,052 penalty minutes, and he's also a plus-29.

Along with Anton Volchenkov - who is also known for blocking shots and dishing out hits - Smith will contribute to the Sens penalty-kill, and overall defensive coverage.

Sure, he's no Wade Redden, but Jason Smith will hopefully help the Senators come out of the 2008-09 season with a better record than this past season.