It was announced today that Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny will be out for the rest of the season. The Stanley Cup-winning defender will be out four to six months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn left hamstring.
Kempny, 28, suffered the injury on during a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 20. Cedric Paquette hit Kempny from behind in the boards and Kempny responded by punching Paquette and turning the fight into a brawl. After the incident, Kempny did not return for the rest of the game. He had not played since then. Fans were concerned and expected him to be out for a long time after being seen in crutches during the Capitals White House visit.
This does not look good. pic.twitter.com/8HXezz7rDC
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) March 21, 2019
Last season, the Capitals acquired Kempny from the Chicago Blackhawks in the trade deadline. The acquisition turned out to be a success after the Capitals won the Stanley Cup title. During the postseason, he played 24 games, scoring two goals and three assists. This season he played 71 games and scored six goals and 19 assists.
What does it mean now?
The Capitals look really smart by acquiring Nick Jensen on the trade deadline. They acquired Jensen and a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for defenseman Madison
Bowey and a second-round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. During his time in Detroit, he average his career-high 20:48 ice time in 60 games. So far with Washington he averages 16:39 of ice-time and tallied five assists. Expect a bigger role and more ice-time for the upcoming playoffs.
Washington are currently first in the Metropolitan Division. They play the Montreal Canadiens at Capital One Arena on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NBCSWA, TSN2, RDS, NHL.TV).
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