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

Photo credit Scott Taetsch/Getty Images
Devante Smith-Pelly is retuning to the Capitals on a one-year deal, as first reported by Pierre LeBrun.

Hearing that @smithpelly23 has agreed to return to the Caps on a one-year deal. Believe that he turned down more lucrative offers from two other teams but wanted to stay with the Cup champs who are tight vs the salary cap

— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 27, 2018

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.

*Breaking News* I can confirm @Capitals Have agreed to 1yr, 1Million Deal with Playoff Performer Smith Pelley. Stanley Cup Winner,Loves playing in Dc, Loved by his Teammates. Took less to stay. @NHL @NHLNetwork .

— Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) June 27, 2018

He had both a one-year offer and a two-year offer from 2 other teams that were worth more but like I said, wanted to stay with the Caps

— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 27, 2018

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.

OFFICIAL: DSP IS #ALLCAPSThe #Caps have re-signed forward @smithpelly23 to a one-year contract! Average annual value of $1.0 million.More Details:

— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) June 28, 2018


— TJ Oshie (@TJOshie77) June 28, 2018

Follow @ChrisLingebach and @1067TheFan on Twitter