FILE - In this June 7, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals right wing Devante Smith-Pelly, left, celebrates his goal, in front of center Chandler Stephenson during the third period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Vegas Golden Knights, in Las Vegas. The Capitals have re-signed playoff hero Devante Smith-Pelly to a $1 million, 1-year contract. General manager Brian MacLellan announced the deal Thursday, June 28, 2018, less than 72 hours after not tendering a qualifying offer to the restricted free agent forward. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Capitals re-sign Smith-Pelly, agree to terms with Kempny

June 28, 2018 - 9:16 pm

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Washington Capitals are bringing back two of the more important from their Stanley Cup run by getting new contracts done with winger Devante Smith-Pelly and defenseman Michal Kempny.

Smith-Pelly had offers from other teams and took less money to sign a $1 million, one-year deal on Thursday. A person with knowledge of the move later in the day said the Capitals agreed to terms on a multiyear contract with Kempny. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.

Smith-Pelly and Kempny were key acquisitions for the Capitals who played dividends in the playoffs. Smith-Pelly scored seven goals in the postseason, while Kempny filled the need for a top-four defenseman.

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