Michal Kempny, Washington Capitals Mandatory credit: Brian Fluharty – USA TODAY Sports
Washington Capitals: The greatest regret from the offseason
While we wait the news on the health of Alex Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals weren’t shy to make a little bit of news on Saturday afternoon. The team announced that Michal Kemny, their defenseman, was placed on waivers. Each team has 24 hours to claim him before the deadline of tomorrow at 2 p.m. EDT. If he clears and doesn’t get picked up by another team, Kempny will report to the Hershey Bears.
This is shocking news at first. Kempny was a key part of the Caps defense, along with John Carlson, during their run to 2018 Stanley Cup. Kempny has suffered three serious injuries since then. One kept him out for the remainder 2018-19 season and playoffs, and another cost him his entire last season.
Kempny was determined and focused to make a strong comeback. He was there for training camp and was a good presence, but he struggled during preseason games. Kempny was in the ice for two Devils goals, including a giveaway for Jack Hughes in front.
Kempny continued to lose the puck in preseason games. It’s partly because it’s been over a year since he played in an NHL game and hasn’t been the same since that first injury. The Caps hope that he clears waivers so he can re-find his game in Hershey.
Kempny’s absence from the Capitals’ opening night roster means that they will now use Dmitry Orlov and Trevor Van Riemsdyk to defend their left side. Martin Fehervary, Martin Fehervary, Matt Irwin, and Martin Fehervary as well as Martin Fehervary. Kempny has reached the end of his four-year contract worth $10million, which pays him $2.5 million per year.
The Capitals save $1.075million by sending Kempny on waivers if the Bears sign him. $2.5 million is wiped off the books if Kempny is signed by another team. Tomorrow is the big day.