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.
*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 https://t.co/KzmXoZj7CM— 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.