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

There's no discouragement in that room. There's no issues there at all to be honest with you. It's more about, 'Hey, it's opportunities for players.' And if we become that bad of a team because of one player, it's not a real good sign for our hockey club. So this is part of sports. It's part of hockey.

— Bruins coach Claude Julien on the loss of Zdeno Chara to injury
Winter Classic sweepstakes