- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Devante Smith-Pelly has signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Washington Capitals, according to reports.

Smith-Pelly was a restricted free agent entering this offseason, but the Capitals did not tender a qualifying offer to him by Monday’s deadline, making the forward an unrestricted free agent instead. 

The Capitals have not yet announced the signing, but said Monday that they were still negotiating with Smith-Pelly.

A fourth-line forward who joined Washington on a two-way contract last year, Smith-Pelly only scored seven goals in the regular season but became a clutch scorer in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He scored seven postseason goals, including three in the Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Capitals were Smith-Pelly’s fourth NHL team, but reports say he wanted to stay with the team and he turned down more money from other clubs.

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