Devante Smith-Pelly: Stanley Cup Memories And Now

Devante Smith-Pelly (DSP) was a key component of the Capitals 2018 Stanley Cup win. It has not always been an easy journey for DSP in the NHL. He made his first appearance with the Washington Capitals in late-summer of 2016 after the NJ Devils bought out his contract. He would play two seasons with the Capitals before they sent him down to the AHL Hershey Bears. Although he joined the Caps for the 2019 playoffs, his future again hangs in the balance as the Caps general manager looks at the big picture for the coming few seasons. With the pool of talent in Hershey from which they can draw and other signings they need to consider, it is highly unlikely that he will suit up in a Caps sweater again. Continue reading “Devante Smith-Pelly: Stanley Cup Memories And Now”

Caps Have Tough Decisions in Free Agency

By Daniel Johnson

With the 2018-2019 Caps season coming to an abrupt end, they now have some difficult decisions to make with impending free agency. With their Salary Cap having little room for error, there are some pretty significant contracts to ponder. Continue reading “Caps Have Tough Decisions in Free Agency”

Centers locked in, Caps re-sign Dowd

The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Nic Dowd to a 3-year contract worth $750,000 AAV. He has had a career year with the Caps, posting 22 points (8g, 14a) in 64 games this regular season. With the length of the contact implied, it would seem General Manager Brian MacLellan has solidified his centers for each offensive line.

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In front of Dowd are Lars Eller, Nicklas Backstrom, and Evgeny Kuznetsov down the middle. Current capable candidates at the position are Chandler Stephenson and Travis Boyd, who both played at the center position with the AHL Hershey Bears. If he has a game “fall-through”, I would look at these two in the playoffs and if their services are retained come next season.

Dowd has certainly lived up to the hype after the Caps let Jay Beagle walk after the 2017-2018 Stanley Cup win. He has been stellar with the wingers he has been accompanied by this season; Boyd, Stephenson, Devante Smith-Pelly, Andre Burakovsky, and Dmitrij Jaskin. Brian MacLellan has done a fantastic job from the office and has found a new 4th line center replacement. Centers are locked in for the next couple of years, so you can check that off the block of the “Caps-to-do-list.”

2019 NOVA Game Worn Jersey Expo Wrap up

Credit for photo above to Francis Rady

Have you ever wondered what happens to the jerseys that your favorite players wear?  Especially those worn during iconic moments in your team’s history or games that you have attended at home or on the road. There’s a good chance that it is owned by and on display in a fellow hockey fan’s home somewhere around the world. Continue reading “2019 NOVA Game Worn Jersey Expo Wrap up”

Capitals, Canada, and Black Hockey History Museum

Fan FiCP writer Velvet Jackson shares with us about her visit to the Canadian Embassy for the National Hockey League’s Black Hockey History Mobile Museum. We are blessed in DC to have the opportunity to learn more and to celebrate the accomplishments of black hockey players.

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DSP to Hershey

The Capitals announced that they have assigned Devante Smith-Pelly to the Hershey Bears. The team placed him on waivers 20 February. It is a sad end to his time with the Capitals; however, nothing is impossible. Players once gone from the Capitals lineup have a way of showing up again!

The Washington Capitals have assigned forward Devante Smith-Pelly to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

 

Devante ‘Clutch’-Pelly

Loved by fans and teammates alike, Devante will always be remembered as an invaluable member of the 2018 Stanley Cup-winning Washington Capitals team. Credited with 7 goals across 24 playoff games, including the game-tying goal in Game 5 versus The Vegas Golden Knights, Smith-Pelly was and always will be an advocate for equal treatment and opportunities for all across the hockey community.

Capitals Move On From Devante Smith-Pelly

After some confusing tweets from Capital’s sources, it was confirmed that the team has placed Devante Smith-Pelly (DSP) on waivers. Once a player is placed on waivers other teams in the NHL are free to talk to and offer a player a contract. In some cases the player may end up in the American Hockey League (AHL). Continue reading “Capitals Move On From Devante Smith-Pelly”

Capitals Defensemen Shine but Team Falters 8-5 to the Blackhawks

The Washington Capitals drooped their fifth game in a row in a 8-5 offensive shootout loss the Chicago Blackhawks in a Sunday afternoon matinee at United Center in Chicago. All five Capitals goals came from defensemen with All-Star John Carlson pacing the way with two while Brooks Orpik, Dmitry Orlov, and Matt Niskanen each added a goal of their own. In the end though, the Caps goaltending couldn’t overcome a Blackhawks attack highlighted by a four-goal afternoon from Jonathan Toews. The Cap shave now dropped eight of their last 11 games and are still looking for answeres. They haven’t dropped five games in a row since the start of the 2014-15 season.

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Devante Smith-Pelly and John Carlson Invite Youth Hockey Team to Caps Game for Sticking It to Racism

When Washington Capitals right-winger Devante Smith-Pelly headed to the penalty box at United Center he was greeted by an unwelcoming surprise from a couple of Chicago Blackhawks fans. Typically a player in the sin bin would expect the occasional boo or fun-playful heckle but this particular group crossed the line in the most despicable way imaginable. Smith-Pelly was subjected to racial taunts including the chants of “basketball, basketball, basketball.” The Blackhawks and the NHL sent a message by banning the fans for life but unfortunately this is a problem for many athletes that still hasn’t been resolved today. To make matters worse, it’s not just the pros who have to deal with it.  Continue reading “Devante Smith-Pelly and John Carlson Invite Youth Hockey Team to Caps Game for Sticking It to Racism”