After 14 seasons, 1,008 regular-season games and 68 playoff meetings, 35-year-old Jason Smith announced today his retirement from the National Hockey League.
"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. "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.">> team release
And just like that, the Senators cap issues are gone.
Smith was due to make $2.6-million and was widely rumoured to be the salary dump target, perhaps even ending up in the minors, and I wonder if there was a discussion to that effect heading into training camp. It does seem strange to retire in September. (That said, he has battled all kinds of injuries throughout his career, and he does turn 36 in November.)
In any event, congrats to the former Oilers captain on a solid career.