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

Washington Capitals right wing Devante Smith-Pelly skates with the Stanley Cup after the Capitals defeated the Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- The Washington Capitals have re-signed playoff star Devante Smith-Pelly to a $1 million, 1-year contract.

General manager Brian MacLellan announced the deal Thursday, less than 72 hours after not tendering a qualifying offer to the restricted free agent forward. The Capitals said at the time they were still negotiating with Smith-Pelly, who scored seven goals on their Stanley Cup run.

Smith-Pelly gets a raise from the league-minimum $650,000 he made last season when the Capitals gave him a chance after New Jersey bought him out. The 26-year-old, whom MacLellan called a "project" upon signing him and who was no lock to make the roster, put up seven goals and nine assists in 75 regular-season games and then had two game-winners during his scoring tear in the playoffs.

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