NHL notebook: Rick Nash undecided on playing next season
Veteran winger Rick Nash has not committed to playing next season and has told interested teams he won’t be signing July 1.
Agent Joe Resnick told the Associated Press on Thursday that Nash was undecided about his playing future. TSN in Canada first reported Nash’s uncertain status.
Nash missed three weeks late in the season with a concussion. He also has dealt with groin, knee and back injuries during his career.
The 34-year-old finished the season with the Bruins after they acquired him in February from the Rangers. He had six points in 11 regular-season games and five points in 12 playoff games for Boston.
In 1,060 regular-season games with the Blue Jackets, Rangers and Bruins, Nash has 437 goals and 368 assists for 805 points. He led the league with 41 goals in 2003-04, scored a career-high 42 in 2014-15 and eight times put up 30 or more.
A native of Brampton, Ontario, Nash won Olympic gold medals with Canada in 2010 and 2014.
Couture close to 8-year extension with Sharks
TSN reported veteran forward Logan Couture is set to sign an eight-year contract extension with the Sharks.
Couture, 29, had a career-best 34 goals to go with 61 points last season.
In nine seasons, he has 213 goals and 224 assists in 582 games with the Sharks.
Capitals re-sign Smith-Pelly for 1 year
Instead of cashing in on another productive postseason performance, Devante Smith-Pelly took less money and a one-year deal to stay with the Capitals.
Smith-Pelly signed a $1 million contract to return to the team he helped win the Stanley Cup by scoring seven playoff goals. The 26-year-old third-line forward turned down other one- and two-year offers for more money to give himself some stability in a place he feels comfortable.
“It wasn’t worth it to leave somewhere where I’m happy and somewhere where I really want to be,” Smith-Pelly said. “The money to me personally is not that important if I’m not going to be happy somewhere else.”
Smith-Pelly, who was not even a lock to make the opening-night roster, was one of the Capitals’ most important playoff players. The Toronto native had seven goals and nine assists in 75 regular-season games and then had two game-winners during his scoring tear in the playoffs.
After New Jersey bought out Smith-Pelly last summer, he signed a two-way, league-minimum contract worth $650,000 in the NHL and $350,000 in the American Hockey League. Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan called Smith-Pelly a “project,” buying low on a 2010 second-round pick who scored five goals for Anaheim in the 2014 playoffs but kept bouncing around.
Smith-Pelly has 40 goals and 53 assists for 93 points in 341 regular-season games with the Ducks, Canadiens, Devils and Capitals.
“It’d be nice to just stick in for one place for a couple years, and hopefully if it works out, longer than just this one next year,” Smith-Pelly said.
The Capitals wanted him back even after not giving him a qualifying offer Monday as a restricted free agent.