After a productive NHL career in which he captained two different teams, Ottawa Senators defenceman Jason Smith has announced his retirement.
The 35-year old blueliner made the announcement on Wednesday after playing 1,008 regular season games for five clubs. He compiled 41 goals and 128 assists along with 1,099 penalty minutes.
He was originally a first-round draft pick of the New Jersey Devils (18th overall) in the 1992 draft, and also played for Toronto, Edmonton, and Philadelphia. He served as captain of the Oilers for five seasons, and also captained the Flyers during his lone season with them in 2007-08.
"I have been fortunate to have played in the NHL for 16 years. I have played alongside many great teammates and for organizations that I was proud to have been a part of," said Smith at a press conference. "I would like to thank all of my teammates, owners, coaches, managers and staff that I have had the privilege of working with through the years and would like to recognize the fans for their tremendous support.
Smith's retirement takes $2.6 million off the salary cap for Ottawa, which in turns allows the Sens to fit disgruntled winger Dany Heatley into their payroll.