Last week, Michal Kempny was offered a multi-year contract from the Capitals. While speaking to Czech NHL announcer Roman Jedlicka on Tuesday, Kempny stated that his priority was to stay in Washington.
It is now being reported by TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger that Kempny has agreed to the deal proposed by the Caps.
Michal Kempny won’t be leaving Washington. Sources say he’s agreed to a multi year deal, despite outside interest, to stay with the Caps.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 29, 2018
Dreger mentioned that Kempny has attracted outside interest. Similar to Devante Smith-Pelly, Kempny seems to have chosen a team he is comfortable with over other offers.
In Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts column published Monday morning, the Sportsnet journalist reported that the Capitals “are still in” on bringing Kempny back.
9. Now that John Carlson has signed, Washington will try and keep Michal Kempny. Much more interest now than at the deadline, but the Capitals are still in it. Since Colorado bought out Brooks Orpik, he can return to Washington at a new salary. Someone is going to make it very difficult for Jay Beagle to stay. He’s got a lot of respect around the league for what he does. Carlson’s signing thrusts Erik Karlsson back into the spotlight, with Ottawa trying to create a bigger market for his services.
Kempny is a big fan of Todd Reirden, who, as of Thursday morning, was close to getting a deal done to be the Capitals next head coach.
Kempny credited Todd Reirden for getting his confidence back here in Washington because he didn’t have much coming over in the trade. Said he had some bad games in the playoffs but Todd would give him keys to get right back on track.
— Ed Frankovic (@EdFrankovic) June 13, 2018
This story is developing.
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