Michal Kempny and his thighs came in at the very last minute to save the Caps’ 2017-18 season.
The Washington Capitals want to keep Michal Kempny, and Kempny wants to stick around with the Capitals.
Tuesday morning, Czech NHL announcer Roman Jedlicka spoke to Kempny and the Stanley Cup champion defenseman said his “priority” was re-signing with Washington.
On February 19, Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan landed Michal Kempny from the Chicago Blackhawks for a third-round pick. Kempny, a depth defenseman with the Hawks, didn’t feel like he received the full trust of his coaches in Chicago. He got that confidence back though in Washington and became one of the biggest catalysts during the Capitals Stanley Cup championship run.
After signing John Carlson to an eight-year, $64 million extension Sunday, MacLellan has now turned his attention to Kempny to try and re-sign the the 27-year-old defenseman before he officially becomes a free agent on July 1.
Fresh off the franchise’s first Stanley Cup and and a day after a Championship Parade, the Capitals cleaned out their lockers and met with the media one final time before heading home for the summer.
Instead of talking about what went wrong, Capitals players talked about everything that went right and realizing a dream they had as a kid.
Gone were depressing images. This year, the Caps had ALL the smiles.
Don’t believe us? Check out these photos I took below.
Before the Capitals won their first ever Stanley Cup Final game on home ice, the team took a skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
With a full house packed with fans, the Capitals looked loose and were having maybe the most fun they have had all season. The looseness might have gone the wrong way, when a Dmitry Orlov snapshot deflected up into the Capitals office windows. No one was hurt by the falling glass, but I am sure the window has been better days.
Caps defenseman Michal Kempny had a scare prior to Game Three. During warmups, Kempny stepped on a puck and crashed into the boards headfirst.
Kempny left the ice, putting the Caps’ lineup into doubt.
Score early, score often. The Washington Capitals have the first part done with a beaut of a goal by Dmitry Orlov in the opening five minutes of Game Four.
Get ready for this cannon.
Monday afternoon, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced that Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny was being fined $2,419.35 for cross-checking Cedric Paquette right in the kisser.
The Washington Capitals have snatched an early lead in Game One against the Tampa Bay Lightning on the strength of Michal Kempny’s point shot. Plus some big bodies in front of the net.
On Thursday, Michal Kempny took a hit from the Blue Jackets Josh Anderson which left his status for Game Two uncertain. He joined Jay Beagle (upper-body injury), and Travis Boyd (sickness), who were also out of the lineup heading into the playoffs.
The Caps had practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Saturday. Kempny, Beagle, and Boyd were all back on the ice. However, TJ Oshie was absent for a maintenance day, as reported by The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan.
Following practice, Capitals head coach Barry Trotz, Kempny, and Beagle all spoke to the media about what to expect from the lineup for Game Two.
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