Capitals re-sign playoff star Smith-Pelly to 1-year deal


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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — As an alternative of cashing in on one other productive postseason efficiency, Devante Smith-Pelly took much less cash and a one-year deal to stick with the Washington Capitals.

Smith-Pelly signed a $1 million contract for subsequent season Thursday to return to the group he helped win the Stanley Cup by scoring seven playoff objectives. The 26-year-old third-line ahead turned down different one- and two-year provides for extra money to offer himself some stability in a spot he feels comfy.

“It wasn’t value it to go away someplace the place I am comfortable and someplace the place I actually need to be,” Smith-Pelly mentioned. “The cash to me personally just isn’t that vital if I am not going to be comfortable elsewhere.”

Smith-Pelly, who was not even a lock to make the opening-night roster, was one of many Capitals’ most vital playoff gamers. The Toronto native had seven objectives and 9 assists in 75 regular-season video games after which had two game-winners throughout his scoring tear within the playoffs.

After New Jersey purchased out Smith-Pelly final summer season, he signed a two-way, league-minimum contract value $650,000 within the NHL and $350,000 within the American Hockey League. Capitals basic supervisor Brian MacLellan referred to as Smith-Pelly a “undertaking,” shopping for low on a 2010 second-round decide who scored 5 objectives for Anaheim within the 2014 playoffs however stored bouncing round.

Smith-Pelly has 40 objectives and 53 assists for 93 factors in 341 regular-season video games with the Geese, Montreal Canadiens, Devils and Capitals. Smith-Pelly was able to cease the profession carousel.

“It might be good to only stick in for one place for a pair years, and hopefully if it really works out, longer than simply this one subsequent 12 months,” Smith-Pelly mentioned. “It undoubtedly performed a job within the determination. I am sort of bored with taking part in on new groups and all that stuff. It is good to come back again and be in the identical place consecutive years.”

The Capitals wished him again even after not giving him a qualifying supply Monday as a restricted free agent. Doing so at a price of $715,000 would have opened them as much as an arbitration case and, on the very least, stored Smith-Pelly’s salary-cap hit an unknown till the listening to in July or August.

It did not get to that time. The group continued to barter with agent Eustace King, and Smith-Pelly was very happy to take an opportunity on placing up greater numbers going into unrestricted free company in the summertime of 2019.

“I’ve confidence in myself that I can carry over from the playoffs and do one thing after which set myself up for one thing greater and extra steady later,” Smith-Pelly mentioned. “It is undoubtedly betting your self. That is what I am doing, and I am assured in myself.”

Re-signing Smith-Pelly is the most recent transfer on MacLellan’s offseason guidelines after already locking up defenseman John Carlson to a $64 million, eight-year deal. The Capitals nonetheless want to rent a coach to interchange Barry Trotz — with prime assistant Todd Reirden thought-about the main candidate — and try to re-sign defenseman Michal Kempny.


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