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From Pierre LeBrun of The Globe And Mail:

The Ottawa Senators, meanwhile, found a needed defenceman. Jason Smith, who signed a $5.2-million, two-year contract, helps fill the hole left by the departed Wade Redden and brings character and experience, qualities GM Bryan Murray was looking for after a controversy-filled season where departed goalie Ray Emery made headlines for the wrong reasons and team chemistry was questioned.

And from Jon Willing of Sun Media:

Smith steps into Redden's shoes

The Ottawa Senators have filled the hole on their blue line left by Wade Redden by signing another veteran NHL defenceman. GM Bryan Murray today signed Jason Smith to a two-year contract.

Memo to the media: Wade Redden and Jason Smith may hold the same position, but that does not mean they play similar roles. The former is a puck-moving blueliner. The latter is a stay-at-home defenceman. One cannot replace the other, because they perform very different duties.

(Jesus Christ, I feel like I should finish this off with a "Sincerely, Marcus Allen -- CBS Sports.")


*Marge : Homer's a very complicated man.
Homer : [smashing a plate over his head] WRONG!