The forwards both received one-way contracts on Thursday. Greening, 7th round pick 2005, received a three-year deal and Smith, 3rd round pick 2008, signed a two-year deal.
Both are currently part of the Binghamton Senators team that has advanced to the AHL’s Calder Cup final and can count on full-time work in the NHL next fall.
“I think the playoff run has helped the two of them, plus many other young players in the group,” said Senators GM Bryan Murray. “We feel now that the job that’s been done there, the depth that we have down there, really allows us to be optimistic for the Ottawa Senators next year.”
Murray envisions Smith filling a spot on the team’s third line:
He certainly has matured in his overall game and it looks like he has some offensive ability to go with it […] We’re very, very happy to get Zack in a situation where he can play with the big team next year.
Murray also praised Greeing:
He’s a player we thought would take a little more time […] But obviously the opportunity after the trading deadline to play games in Ottawa helped him a great deal. I think his skating, his size and his strength are the biggest assets. He knows how to check and he’s a willing worker.
Quotes from CP