Smith-Pelly was recalled from AHL Hershey on Friday.
Smith-Pelly had a rough second season with the Capitals, as he managed only eight points with a minus-6 rating through 54 games. Still, rest assured that no loyal fan of the Caps has forgotten about the fiery winger's heroics from 2018, when he scored seven goals -- including a pair of game-winning tallies -- on a 24.1 shooting percentage en route to the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup win. He's back in the picture with T.J. Oshie (upper body) out for an extended period of time.
Smith-Pelly cleared waivers Thursday, Chris Kuc of The Athletic reports.
It remains unknown whether Smith-Pelly will report to AHL Hershey given that he can be recalled after the roster limit is lifted following Monday's trade deadline. In any event, the 26-year-old's fantasy value is virtually non-existent in the short term, as he's managed just four goals and eight points in 54 games. The competition for a lineup spot is even more intense following the acquisition of Carl Hagelin from the Kings on Thursday.
Smith-Pelly was placed on waivers by the Capitals on Wednesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
It's been an ugly season for the 26-year-old who hasn't scored a point since Dec. 31. Smith-Pelly had been in and out of the lineup recently, and only has eight points in 54 games. If Smith-Pelly couldn't make it on a playoff team, it's hard to see a team in the league pick him up. If no team claims the winger, he will likely head to AHL Hershey.
Smith-Pelly has tallied just two assists in his last 19 games.
Smith-Pelly had some conditioning issues in training camp that seemed to slow him out of the starting gate, but despite the recent struggles, he's not far off the pace that gave him 16 points in 2017-18. The 26-year-old should finish in the 15-20 point range if he can log consistent ice time, but his fantasy value remains very limited even in deeper formats.
Smith-Pelly (lower body) is expected to return to practice Thursday morning, NBC Sports Washington reports.
Smith-Pelly sustained his injury in Monday's game against the Islanders, with the bottom-six winger having been limited to 5:26 of ice time in a 4-1 win. While he looks none the worse for wear, fantasy owners hoping for Smith-Pelly to mirror his production from the 2018 playoffs surely have been disappointed. If you recall, DSP scored in the final three games against Vegas for the right to lift the Stanley Cup, but he's only posted four goals and two helpers over 24 games this season.
Smith-Pelly (lower body) is questionable to return to Monday's game against the Islanders, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
Smith-Pelly blocked a shot off his ankle in the first period and saw just two shifts during the second period. The 26-year-old is a fairly important component to the Capitals' depth scoring with four goals and six points in a bottom-six role this season.
Smith-Pelly tallied a goal and two shots in Friday's 3-2 overtime win against the Avalanche.
The goal snaps a five-game scoring drought for Smith-Pelly and brings him to three goals and five points in 19 games. Such a pace would put the 26-year-old in the 15-20 point range he's been averaging in recent seasons, but needless to say his fantasy value remains quite limited.
Smith-Pelly collected a goal and an assist Monday, helping the Capitals to a 4-2 home win over the Oilers.
Smith-Pelly helped the Caps jump out to an early 2-0 lead by factoring into a pair of first-period goals. While he was one of the most clutch performers in the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals against the Golden Knights, DSP only had two points through 12 contests heading into Monday's action, though to be fair, there's only so much he can do as a skater averaging 11 minutes of ice time per game.
Smith-Pelly recorded a goal, four shots and three hits during Friday's 6-5 shootout loss to the Panthers.
One of Washington's playoff heroes, Smith-Pelly is starting to overcome some conditioning issues that dogged him during the preseason. It's worth noting that the 26-year-old winger got a look on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov following some line shuffling during the loss. Washington continues to look for someone to take that prominent role while Tom Wilson (suspension) serves his punishment, so if Smith-Pelly gets an extended audition with the dynamic Russian duo, his short-term fantasy value would skyrocket. Keep an eye on the Caps' lines in the coming days.
Smith-Pelly (coach's decision) will be in the lineup against the Hurricanes on Friday.
Smith-Pelly dismissed reports that conditioning was the reason he was being held out of the lineup, but wouldn't elaborate further. Whatever the reason, the winger appears to have met coach Todd Reirden's standards, as he will dress for the first time this preseason.
Smith-Pelly's has been missing preseason games due to his conditioning, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
This makes much more sense after Capitals head coach Todd Reirden insisted that Smith-Pelly isn't dealing with an injury, but wouldn't disclose the exact nature of the winger's absence. DSP was huge in the 2018 playoffs, as he scored seven times -- including goals in the final three games against Vegas -- and added an assist through 24 games en route to a Stanley Cup win. Smith-Pelly signed a one-year, $1 million extension with the Capitals in June.
Smith-Pelly (coach's decision) won't play Tuesday against the Blues according to head coach Todd Reirden, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.
This is a weird situation. Reirden has said repeatedly that Smith-Pelly isn't injured, but he hasn't played in a single preseason game yet. We don't know what's happening behind the scenes but will provide an update once more information surfaces.
Smith-Pelly signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Capitals on Wednesday, NHL Network's Kevin Weekes reports.
The Capitals didn't extend Smith-Pelly a qualifying offer, as the team evidently wasn't comfortable with the idea of going to arbitration with the restricted free agent, but that didn't deter the 26-year-old winger from re-signing with the reigning Stanley Cup champions. Smith-Pelly had a quiet regular season in 2017-18, totaling seven goals and 16 points in 75 contests, but he played a vital role in Washington's postseason run, potting seven more clutch goals and tacking on an assist in 24 games. The 2010 second-round pick will likely continue to be a solid source of secondary scoring for the Capitals next season, but he won't be a desirable option in most fantasy formats due to his lack of offensive upside.
The Capitals are not expected to tender a qualifying offer to Smith-Pelly, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
The move is a bit of a surprise given that Smith-Pelly was such an important role player during their Stanley Cup run and comes even after Washington freed up cap space at the Draft to re-sign their key free agents. As Khurshudyan writes, the dynamics of arbitration seem to concern management that, given the fourth-liner's seven-goal postseason performance, a third-party would dispense a one- or two-year deal that would be beyond what the team is comfortable with.
Smith-Pelly potted his seventh goal of the postseason in Thursday's 4-3, championship-clinching win over Vegas.
Smith-Pelly's scoring was a major part of Washington's success, as his seven goals in 24 games during this run to the Stanley Cup matched his total from 75 regular-season games. His tally in this one tied the scored with 10:08 remaining, setting the stage for Lars Eller to break that tie less than three minutes later.
Smith-Pelly scored a beautiful goal in the Capitals' 3-1 win over the Golden Knights on Saturday.
Smith-Pelly took the pass behind him and dragged it across the crease before lifting it top shelf to give the Caps a 3-1 lead. It was his sixth goal of the postseason. His goal made up for his early goalie interference penalty -- his collision with Marc-Andre Fleury erased what would have been the opening goal. Smith-Pelly is showing that he's not just a fourth-line meathead, but a valuable part of a winning team.
Smith-Pelly (neck) said he'll play Monday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals versus the Golden Knights, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Smith-Pelly's evidently none the worse for wear after taking a shot to the back of his neck in the first period of Wednesday's Game 7 triumph over the Lightning. While it's conceivable that the bottom-six winger could've returned for that game, he didn't because the Capitals had a three-goal cushion when he departed. Smith-Pelley has accrued four goals and an assist over 19 games in these playoffs.
Smith-Pelley (undisclosed) returned to practice Saturday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
This information was disclosed at the onset of the practice session, so it'll be interesting to see how Smith-Pelley holds up. The Capitals will take on the Golden Knights for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday.
Coach Barry Trotz indicated after Wednesday's Game 7 that he believes Smith-Pelly will be okay and that his third-period absence was likely precautionary, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
Smith-Pelly took a shot to the back of the neck area in the first period and a subsequent big hit from the Lightning's Anton Stralman in the second period, leaving the ice for good after that. Fortunately, he will have ample time to rest up ahead of Monday's Game 1 against the Golden Knights, but clarification on his status moving forward could arise following tests in the coming days.
Smith-Pelly (undisclosed) was not on the ice when the third period started in Wednesday's Game 7 against the Lightning, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Smith-Pelly went down to block a shot and took it off the back of the neck in the first period, but returned to the contest during the second. A big hit from Anton Stralman resulted in a return trip to the locker room, and it wouldn't be surprising if that spells the end of his night.
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