There hasn't been this much praise for an Ottawa Senator since Brad Marsh scored a goal and an assist in the 1993 All-Star game (unfortunately he wasn't entered into the fastest skater competition... we'd still be waiting for him to turn the first corner).
Mike Brophy of the Hockey News is the latest pundit to give the Jason Smith signing his seal of approval:
"Personally, I think Alfredsson is a fine leader who tries to set a good example by being a consistent foot soldier game in and game out. And he has never been afraid to state his opinion to the media.
But let’s be honest, the Senators were a team in disarray this season and it is abundantly clear Alfredsson needs some help in the leadership department.
Enter Jason Smith. ...
Mike Richards, who in all likelihood will replace Smith as the Flyers’ captain next season (or at least he should!), told The Hockey News during the season Smith was the best leader he has ever played with.
Smith won’t (and shouldn’t) usurp Alfredsson as the Senators’ captain, but will become one of the most influential alternate captains in the league."
- The Hockey News
I was convinced the Senators were going to go all out to sign Gary Roberts (until the rabid new ownership in Tampa signed every available forward on the market in a week) but Bryan Murray has made everyone forget about the legendary Sens killer with the Smith signing.
Much like Luke Richardson last season, Smith is the Senators latest "Reggie Dunlop" signing.
Past "Dunlop's" in Senators history: Grant Ledyard and Randy Cunneyworth.