Smith Signs Four Year Extension
The Ottawa Senators have refined the center ice depth chart by signing Zack Smith to a four year extension. The deal will pay Smith $7.55 million over four years averaging at $1.887 per year. The contract secures Smith as the Sens third line center behind Jason Spezza, and Kyle Turris who are one, and two respectively.
Where does this leave Sens prospects such as Stephane Da Costa, Mika Zibanejad and Peter Regin? Perhaps Zibanejad will convert to become a winger and he could earn a roster spot this season. Da Costa will likely spend most of the season in the AHL seeing spot duties during injuries etc. The big question is if Peter Regin is healthy, where does he fit in? Regin was a promising young player until shoulder injuries have possibly ended his career. If he is fully healed and can remain healthy, he has the potential to challenge Turris for the second line position. That is a very big "if" however.
For Smith, his fantasy value remains unchanged, if not slightly improved as the Sens financial commitment to him will ensure his ice time. His offense is limited, 14 goals and 26 points in 81 games last season but he is good on the draw and provides some peripheral stats such as hits (168), and PIM's (98), shots (134) and plus/minus (+4).
His value is reasonable for his pay in deep pools, and head-to-head roto style leagues.