Brett Connolly is among the Capitals players who have declined an invitation to celebrate their 2018 Stanley Cup championship at the White House on Monday.
"I'll be one of the guys that isn't going," he said. "Obviously Smith-Pelly kind of set the tone. He's obviously not here right now, but everyone's entitled to their own opinion.
"I've said what I needed to say and that's all I'll say. But, again, I understand both sides and in life you've got to make decisions. I made a decision and that's how I'm gonna go about it. For the guys that are going, I hope they have fun and have a good memory that lasts a lifetime."