The Stanley Cup is putting up a residency in Toronto. After Tom Wilson had the Cup on Sunday, Devante Smith-Pelly spent Monday around the Ontario city with the trophy.
Devante Smith-Pelly appeared on TSN’s Cabbie Presents Podcast and gave a full breakdown of the Stanley Cup Championship party.
Smith-Pelly is a personal friend of Cabbie, so the interview was very relaxed as he chatted about the monitoring of cell phones, how Jakub Vrana needed to chill out with his instagram stories during the Cup run, and his own plans for his Cup day. You’re going to want to take a listen below, but first, let us highlight some of the best parts of Smith-Pelly detailing the Cup celebration.
Heading into the offseason after winning the first Stanley Cup in franchise history, the Capitals were assured to come back next year with their top-9 intact and, after coming to terms with John Carlson on a massive deal, the possibility of their top-4 on defense still together as well. While the core was secured, many of the question marks in relation to next season were centered around the team’s depth.
Wednesday, one of those questions — would clutch playoff performer Devante Smith-Pelly, who potted seven goals in the postseason despite a pedestrian regular season, get an encore with Washington? — was answered before free-agency began. Smith-Pelly, now a fan-favorite, signed a one-year, $1 million deal to stick around with the Capitals. This was what he wanted all along.
Checking-line forward Devante Smith-Pelly is returning to the Capitals.
After not receiving a qualifying offer from Washington, Smith-Pelly continued negotiating with the team and the two sides struck on a contract Wednesday afternoon.
Monday afternoon, the Washington Capitals announced that they did not give Devante Smith-Pelly a qualifying offer by the 5 PM deadline for restricted free agents.
The popular forward will now become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 unless the Capitals, who are still negotiating with Smith-Pelly, can reach an agreement with the forward before then.
Fresh off the franchise’s first Stanley Cup and and a day after a Championship Parade, the Capitals cleaned out their lockers and met with the media one final time before heading home for the summer.
Instead of talking about what went wrong, Capitals players talked about everything that went right and realizing a dream they had as a kid.
Gone were depressing images. This year, the Caps had ALL the smiles.
Don’t believe us? Check out these photos I took below.
The Caps own the Cup, but the future is unclear. Now, at the dawn of the offseason, it’s time to ask ourselves the big questions.
In this episode: What should the Caps do with Devante Smith-Pelly after a legendary playoff performance?
Ahead of the Championship parade at 11 AM, the Capitals made their way to Capital One Arena to take a team photograph with the Stanley Cup.
Once they finished up with their official business, several Caps started pregaming before heading out to start the real festivities.
Devante Smith Pelly has been a gamebreaker in the playoffs for the Capitals and he just scored another huge goal.
You have to see this.
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