Originally written on The 6th Sens  |  Last updated 10/20/14

OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 19: Jarkko Ruutu #73; Chris Campoli #14; Matt Carkner #39; Zack Smith #47 of the Ottawa Senators argues with the Chicago Blackhawks, at Scotiabank Place on January 19, 2010 in Ottawa, Canada. The Ottawa Senators defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)
This afternoon the Senators announced that they have re-signed Zack Smith to a four-year extension that carries an average annual value of $1.887 million. And it feels like an overpay. Don’t get me wrong, I like Smith. Of all the Binghamton graduates that came up from that 2011 Calder Cup winning team and became full-time regulars, I feel like he has the most upside out of any of them.That blend of a physical, agitating style with some modest offensive production, is sure to ingratiate him to the blue collar masses (if it hasn’t already) who cry foul every time that Jason Spezza turns the puck over in the offensive zone. “Dump and chase! Grit! Heart! Hustle! Fight! Give that Matt Carkner a blank check!” (You get the idea.) Getting back to Smith though, he’s a decent bottom six forward, but I don’t believe that he has entrenched himself as the team’s third line center. And certainly falls short of a projection to one day be "the best third-line center in the league" a...
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