Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren gave a fond farewell to his former captain yesterday to the Philly press.
Holmgren on Jason Smith:
"I think his best asset was his ability to defend, right up there with his leadership," added Holmgren, noting that replacing Smith as captain, "is something for another day. All he wanted to do was play hockey. He was at the rink at 7 in the morning for a 10:30 practice and he was there early for games. He looked after the young guys. He made sure that they knew what they needed to do. His leadership skills are hard to find and the fact that at the end he played so banged up is something I'll never forget, for sure."
That description of Smith is bound to get Senators fans excited to see what he can bring to the "dysfunctional" dressing room.