Stanley Cup champion Devante Smith-Pelly signed a one-year contract with China-based KHL team Kunlun Red Star after failing to crack an NHL lineup as a free-agent this summer.
The Kunlun Red Star has signed a one-year contract with Devante Smith-Pelly. The winger has won the Stanley Cup champion with the Washington Capitals in 2018. #krs #redstarhockey pic.twitter.com/wqntNWmmmn
— Kunlun Red Star (@KRSchina) October 28, 2019
Kunlun currently sits ninth out of 12 teams in the KHL’s Eastern Conference, with 22 points from 22 games played.
The 27-year-old played 395 games in the NHL after being selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft. He’s been a tough forechecking forward holding mostly a bottom-six role with Anaheim, Montreal, New Jersey and Washington, where he won the Cup in 2018. His biggest impact came during the Capitals’ championship run when Smith-Pelly scored seven goals, including two game winners, in 24 games.
He signed a one-year, $1-million extension with the Capitals after the title run, which left him as an unrestricted-free agent this summer. He attended a professional tryout with the Calgary Flames where he went without a point in four preseason games before being released.
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