Devante Smith-Pelly returns to Caps on one-year deal

Chris Lingebach
June 27, 2018 - 6:02 pm

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Devante Smith-Pelly is retuning to the Capitals on a one-year deal, as first reported by Pierre LeBrun.

The Caps did not extend a qualifying offer to Smith-Pelly by Monday's deadline, leading many to believe the right-winger would be moving on once free agency begins on July 1.

On the contrary, multiple reports indicate Smith-Pelly received better offers elsewhere, but chose to remain in Washington for less money.

Smith-Pelly, 26, registered 16 points on seven goals and nine assists in 75 regular-season games for the Caps. He came to life and was a top offensive contributor in the playoffs, netting seven goals with one assist in 24 games en route to the Stanley Cup Championship.

He famously scored the game-tying goal (assist, Brooks Orpik) in the third period of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, which would set up Lars Eller to notch the game- and championship-winner minutes later.


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