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Devante Smith-Pelly Re-Signs With The Washington Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Devante Smith-Pelly to a one-year contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Smith-Pelly’s contract will carry an average annual value of $1.0 million.

Smith-Pelly, 26, recorded 16 points (7g, 9a) in a career-high 75 games with the Capitals this season. Additionally, the Scarborough, Ont., native recorded a career-high 103 shots. During the Capitals’ Stanley Cup run, the 6’0”, 223-pound forward was tied for fourth on the Capitals in goals (7) and scored in three-straight games in the Stanley Cup Final against Vegas. Additionally, Smith-Pelly scored the series-clinching goal in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal against Columbus. In 48 career playoff games, Smith-Pelly has 13 goals, and his 0.27 goals per game rating is tied for the 47th-highest in the NHL among active players with at least 45 career playoff games.

Smith-Pelly registered nine points (4g, 5a) in 53 games with the New Jersey Devils during the 2016-17 season. During the 2015-16 season, Smith-Pelly recorded 25 points (14g, 11a) in 64 games with Montreal and New Jersey, earning career highs in goals, points and game-winning goals (5). In addition, Smith-Pelly earned a career-high three points (2g, 1a) on March 17, 2016, against Minnesota and recorded a career-long four-game point streak from March 10 to March 17, 2016 (4g, 2a). During the 2014-15 season, he recorded 20 points (6g, 14a) in 74 games with Anaheim and Montreal.

Smith-Pelly has recorded 93 points (40g, 53a) in 341 career NHL games with Anaheim, Montreal, New Jersey and Washington.

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John Carlson Appears To Be Staying With The Washington Capitals

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added 6:32pm, Contract details below.

added 7:04pm, Washington release is below.

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The Latest On Soon To Be UFA John Carlson

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Washington Trades Brooks Orpik And Philipp Grubauer To Avs For A Pick

Colorado release is below.

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GIF- And You Thought Covering The Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Yesterday Would Be Boring

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Why Did Barry Trotz Resign?

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

This was about money, sure. But it was about principle as well.

The Washington Capitals weren’t willing to pay Barry Trotz at a level commensurate to his peers, so the veteran head coach decided to step down just 11 days after bringing the franchise its first Stanley Cup.

It’s telling that in announcing Monday’s decision the Capitals expressed disappointment but praised Trotz: “Barry is a man of high character and integrity and we are grateful for his leadership and for all that he has done for our franchise.”

It is those same qualities that drove him to walk away. In Trotz’s mind, the team left him no other choice.

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added 7:15pm, from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

“His representative wants to take advantage of Barry’s experience and Stanley Cup win and was trying to negotiate a deal that compensates him as one of the better coaches in the league — a top-four or five coach — so he’s looking for that type of contract,” MacLellan said Monday.

MacLellan said he was hopeful the two could agree on a “shorter-term deal,” but he said that a five-year term was a “sticking point” because that would have kept Trotz with the team for nine seasons and “there are not many coaches who have that lasting ability,” MacLellan said.

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Barry Trotz Resigns As Head Coach Of The Washington Capitals

via the Washington Capitals,

Barry Trotz informed the organization today of his decision to resign as head coach of the Washington Capitals. We are obviously disappointed by Barry's decision, but would like to thank Barry for all his efforts the past four years and for helping bring the Stanley Cup to Washington. Barry is a man of high character and integrity and we are grateful for his leadership and for all that he has done for our franchise.

added 3:03pm, Elliotte Friedman tweets,

We had believed Trotz was a free agent this summer. That’s not correct. There was a two-year extension if he won the Cup in WASH. But, as coaches’ contracts have exploded in value, it was below the current market. Both sides tried to negotiate an extension....

But they could not come to terms. Trotz is now a free agent, as WASH will grant permission to other teams who want to talk to him.

added 3:03pm, via Washington Capitals PR department,

Barry Trotz statement-

"After careful consideration and consultation with my family, I am officially announcing my resignation as Head Coach of the Washington Capitals.  When I came to Washington four years ago we had one goal in mind and that was to bring the Stanley Cup to the nation’s capital.  We had an incredible run this season culminating with our players and staff achieving our goal and sharing the excitement with our fans.  I would like to thank Mr. Leonsis, Dick Patrick and Brian MacLellan for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this great organization.  I would also like to thank our players and staff who worked tirelessly every day to achieve our success.”

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Video- A Slightly Different Slow Motion Monday

3 1/2 minutes of slow motion Ovechkin.

 

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Did Not Playing In The Olympics Help The Washington Capitals?

from Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic,

What if Leonsis had gotten his way and convinced his fellow owners of their short-sighted folly in skipping the Olympics?

Seven of Washington’s top eight scorers would have been automatic choices for their respective countries: (Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitri Orlov for Russia; TJ Oshie and John Carlson for the U.S.; Nicklas Backstrom for Sweden; and Lars Eller for Denmark). Backup goalie Philipp Grubauer would have gone for Germany and starter Braden Holtby would have been a candidate for Canada’s team, which would have had some interesting choices to make in goal.

Now, other Eastern Conference powerhouses would also have been affected, not just Washington. Tampa would have sent Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Andrei Vasilevskiy and probably Steven Stamkos. All three members of Boston’s top line (Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak) would have gone, as would goalie Tuukka Rask. Toronto would have been interesting: Frederik Andersen (Denmark), William Nylander (Sweden), plus Auston Matthews and possibly James van Riemsdyk (USA) would have played.

But if you go team-by-team through the NHL, you’d probably conclude that no single club would have been affected more by Olympic participation than the Caps.

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Morning Line- Ted Lindsay

"Alex has earned the right to his fun, he's just won the Stanley Cup and I think he realizes the meaning of that championship. He's as good as anyone in the NHL today. Alex is an honest hockey player who gives you the same effort every night. There are different ways to judge talent: Do you produce every night, or only when you think you should?"

-Ted Lindsay, HHOF member on Alex Ovechkin.  Dave Stubbs on NHL.com has more from Lindsay.

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