Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
 
SHARE

Senators C Smith signs 4-year extension

Wednesday, 09.05.2012 / 6:31 PM / News

Associated Press

Share with your Friends


Senators C Smith signs 4-year extension

OTTAWA (AP) - The Ottawa Senators have signed center Zack Smith to a four-year extension worth $7.55 million.

The 24-year-old Smith is coming off a career-best season in which he had 14 goals and 26 points in 81 games. He also provided a bit of an edge in racking up penalty minutes. The deal announced Wednesday keeps Smith under contract through the 2016-17 season.

"It's hard to find good young NHL players, and when you get them, you want to make sure you have them for term if at all possible," general manager Bryan Murray said. "It allows us to have another good young player to build around."

A third-round pick in 2008, Smith has played in 152 games with the Senators. He also helped AHL Binghamton win the Calder Cup in 2011.

Smith's extension was completed less than a week after fellow center Kyle Turris signed a five-year extension with Ottawa worth $17.5 million.

Quote of the Day

I watched many times this year the series between the Russians and Canada in 1972, and he was a dominating player there. After I watched the tapes, I respect him a lot more because he turned the series around. He was the guy. In that time, he was the best in the world. It’s a big honor for me to tie him.

— Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr on scoring the 717th goal of his career to tie Phil Esposito for fifth on the NHL's all-time goals list after a 4-3 win vs. the Lightning on Sunday