Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Sens get more teeth

Word from TSN is that the Sens have signed Jason Smith, former Oilers captain and all-around gentleman badass, the type of man potent enough to impregnate the entire Edmonton Eskimos cheerleading squad with nothing but an arched eyebrow and a smile and stand-up enough to raise every last one of those children to full maturity, ensuring they grow up with solid morals and a healthy respect for their elders.

Nevertheless, he continues to spend his days as a rough-and-tumble defenceman who enjoys blocking shots and hitting people, particularly the latter. (If I may go all Lowetide for a second, I remember one of the first games Jason Smith ever played as an Oiler; Jeff Friesen, I believe, was coming down the right side, and looked to have a half-step or so on Smith. As Friesen tried to go around him, Smith very calmly swiveled his hips ever so slightly towards the net and proceeded to punch Friesen directly in the face, then ride his crumpled form into the end boards. From then on, I knew we were getting a special kind of defenceman.) He's not elite, but he'll shut down who you need him to shut down, and should be a pretty solid veteran pickup for the Sens, someone to replace Mike Commodore, at the very least.

Sail on, Gator.

12 comments:

Jonathan said...

If I may go all Lowetide for a second, I remember one of the first games Jason Smith ever played as an Oiler; Jeff Friesen, I believe, was coming down the right side, and looked to have a half-step or so on Smith. As Friesen tried to go around him, Smith very calmly swiveled his hips ever so slightly towards the net and proceeded to punch Friesen directly in the face, then ride his crumpled form into the end boards. From then on, I knew we were getting a special kind of defenceman.

I miss Jason.

eyebleaf said...

as a Leafs fan, even I can admit that the Smith signing is a good one by the Sens. he's exactly the type of guy they've never had.

still can't believe we traded this guy for two bush picks. unbelievable.

Lord Bob said...

Please. If you were really getting all Lowetide, your first sentence would be "This is Jason Smith." and at some point in there you'd tie it all into the 1983 Montreal Expos' backup catcher.

Kaalyn said...

Dude, the optics of Washington TRYING to match-up their stars with Jason Smith does not support his contract.

I think he'll hit. I think he'll block. But he won't shut down who you want him to, not anymore.

DMFB said...

I didn't watch that series, but I'm not going to brook anymore slagging of Jason Smith on this blog. Anyone who speaks ill of him from this moment forward will be forced to block 204 slapshots with their private bits.

and at some point in there you'd tie it all into the 1983 Montreal Expos' backup catcher.

Incidentally, his name was Jason Smith. I really dropped the ball on this one. Reminds me of the time Jason Smith the catcher dropped a foul fly ball off the bat of Brian Giles. Giles hit a 2 RBI double the next pitch, which won the game and split that series. It meant the Expos lost the tiebreaker to the Mets at the end of the season and ended up drafting in the eighth spot.

Who'd they pick? You guessed it: Marty Reasoner's dad Hal.

Doogie2K said...

Sail on, Gator, indeed.

heed said...

Sail right on through Crosby. You will be missed but not loved. Sorry buddy that's a mug that only a mother could love.

Black Dog said...

Your man played on a conference finalist squad with not one but two separated shoulders.

Crazy tough. Crazy.

What a beauty. If the Sens had picked him up ten years ago I would have bet they may have won a Cup or two.

Marchantfan said...

My favorite Gator moment was the training camp where he fed Smyth a few left hands. God did he deserve it, too.

I know he's not worth the money and I know there isn't space, but damn I wanted him to come back to the Oil. One of my all-time faves, just below Marchant.

Doogie2K said...

I remember the Smyth-Smith fight happening, but I can't remember what over. Anyone?

Oilman said...

It was only training camp, but somebody forgot to tell ultra-competitive left winger Ryan Smyth and defenseman Jason Smith. They got into a wild fistfight two days into camp in 2002. Smith took exception after Smyth whacked him on the thumb during scrimmage. As Smith approached Smyth, Smyth slugged Smith in the mouth, opening an ugly cut on his upper lip. Teammates broke it up before Smith– who's nasty when he's in a good mood – killed the first line winger. After getting cleaned up in the training room Smith returned to the scrimmage, still boiling mad. Coaches were smart enough not to put them on the ice at the same time, but Smith was threatening and cursing out Smyth over the boards. After the game, Smith went in for stitches and Smyth changed and ducked out the rink to avoid a dressing room scene. The next day, all was forgiven.

I'm pretty sure that was the moment when Kevin Lowe decided he'd never pay Ryan Smyth more than $27mil over 5 years

doritogrande said...

"the type of man potent enough to impregnate the entire Edmonton Eskimos cheerleading squad with nothing but an arched eyebrow and a smile"

I'm curious, are we talking about Jason Smith still, or are we into Stan Weir territory?

I know he never won us a cup or racked up a ton of points, but Jason Smith was the type of Oiler who deserves #21 up in Rexall's rafters. It'd be up there if I were in charge.