Jason Smith Retires

The Ottawa Senators have announced that defenseman Jason Smith, a former captain in both Edmonton and Philadelphia, has retired.

Smith was well-loved here in Edmonton, where he spent the bulk of his career and served as captain for six years (2001-07) – becoming the longest serving captain in Oilers history. There was never any question about either his courage or his character, and it was those two attributes that really defined his game. During his career he was one of the NHL’s best shot-blockers and hitters.

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Career Achievements

  • Drafted 18th overall, 1992
  • WHL All-Rookie Team, 1992
  • WHL First All-Star Team, 1993
  • Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team, 1993
  • Bill Hunter Trophy (Top WHL Defenseman), 1993
  • Won a gold medal with the Canadian WJC team, 1993
  • Won a Calder Cup with the Albany River Rats, 1995
  • Played in his 1000th NHL game, 2009
  • Captained his junior team, his AHL team, and two NHL teams

Smith led every team he captained on lengthy post-season runs, and won it all at the AHL level after coming back from a severe knee injury that cost him most of the season. Another knee injury cost him the final eighteen games of his final NHL season, and may have played a factor in his retirement.


  • Hippy

    Gator for Niinimaa…

    I'm not here to argue the merits of the trade. I don't want to compare salary, age, or skill… I get it. I really do…

    But little by little, moves like that are what cost this team it's identity.

  • Hippy

    Chris wrote:

    Gator for Niinimaa…
    I’m not here to argue the merits of the trade. I don’t want to compare salary, age, or skill… I get it. I really do…
    But little by little, moves like that are what cost this team it’s identity.

    What?

  • Hippy

    Luongo gets twelve years for a reported 64 million: so a cap hit of under 5 1/2 million. I don't know how the contract is structured, but if it's seriously frontloaded: it doen't pass the smell test. The guy is already thirty… Is he seriously going to play into his forties? Isn't the league already "investigating" the Hossa contract? I'm all for clever cap management, but these kind of deals will need to be eliminated the next CBA.

  • Hippy

    Tombo wrote:

    Yup, and Cole into Patty O.

    Look. I understand that the Oilers now have a good young player under contract by moving a now retired bottom pair d-man. I know that smart organizations try and keep their rosters full of players who are either in their prime or shortly entering it. Having said that, after watching the Smith tribute video again (for the first time since the night it was played at RX1)… I was filled with nostalgia for something that has been lost… I miss watching Oiler players actually punish the opposition physically. That's all. Pitkanen for Smith is kind of snapshot of the way this team has drifted since the 06 run… Skill without will is like having a Porshe without gas.

  • Hippy

    @ Hoss:

    Why ruin a good legacy by assuming he will be an equally effective front office Oiler? This kind of thinking has hurt more than it has helped in our last decade.

  • Hippy

    Chris wrote:

    Luongo gets twelve years for a reported 64 million: so a cap hit of under 5 1/2 million. I don’t know how the contract is structured, but if it’s seriously frontloaded: it doen’t pass the smell test. The guy is already thirty… Is he seriously going to play into his forties? Isn’t the league already “investigating” the Hossa contract? I’m all for clever cap management, but these kind of deals will need to be eliminated the next CBA.

    Yup, I hope they tighten that loop whole up. We are basically dealing with a soft cap at this point.