Just got this news in – Jason Smith has announced his retirement from the NHL. The 35 year old defenceman was on the 2nd year of a 2 year contract with the Ottawa Senators worth $2.6 million a year.
Jason has had a productive NHL career in which he captained two different teams and played 1,008 regular season games for five clubs. He compiled 41 goals and 128 assists along with 1,099 penalty minutes.
He was originally a first-round draft pick of the New Jersey Devils (18th overall) in the 1992 draft, and also played for Toronto, Edmonton, and Philadelphia. He served as captain of the Oilers for five seasons, and also captained the Flyers during his lone season with them in 2007-08. Smith, whose 2008-09 season with the Senators was cut short by a knee injury, didn’t feel he still had it in him to play the game the only way he knows how.