Michal Kempny has found his new team.
CapFriendly reports that the 31-year-old defenseman has signed a one-year, one-way deal with the Seattle Kraken worth the veteran minimum, $750k.
Kempny has spent the past four seasons with the Caps after a trade deadline deal from the Blackhawks in 2018.
#SeaKraken have signed UFA d-man Michal Kempný
1 year / 1-way contract
Kempný spent the last four seasons with Washington.https://t.co/iuEFHeAw59
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) July 24, 2022
Kempny joins a Kraken team that now sports four former Washington Capitals players: Philipp Grubauer, Andre Burakovsky, and Justin Schultz.
The Seattle Kraken have signed Michal Kempny to a one-year, $750K deal. Actually, we really like this signing! There were only a few good defensemen on the FA market and Kempny was one of them in our eyes. Low risk-high reward for Seattle. But there is a big question of course… pic.twitter.com/sIIgXYe8BF
— Andy & Rono (@ARHockeyStats) July 24, 2022
The Czech defenseman first arrived in DC in February of 2018 when the Caps sent a third-round pick in the 2018 draft to Chicago to obtain his services. Kempny, paired with John Carlson, played a huge role in the team’s Stanley Cup victory later that season.
He’ll leave the Caps after having played in 166 games and recording 48 points.
Only eight players remain from the Caps Stanley Cup team, incluing Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Tom Wilson, TJ Oshie, Lars Eller, and Dmitry Orlov.
7/25 update: The Seattle Kraken officially announced the contract on Monday.
— Seattle Kraken PR (@SeattleKrakenPR) July 25, 2022
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