Michal Kempny: “I Definitely Want to Be Here”

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The biggest midseason acquisition for the Capitals was trading for Michal Kempny. Like Carlson, Kempny enters the summer as an unrestricted free agent. With their limited cap space, it is likely the Capitals will be able to sign one but won’t be able to sign the other. 

Kempny came to a Capitals team that needed more veteran presence on their blueline and he provided it. From being shuffled around the three defensive pairs, his pairing up top with Carlson provided a 1-2 punch. In 22 regular season games, Kempny averaged 16:45 ice time and tallied three points (two goals, one assist). He also finished with 36 blocked shots in those 22 contests and was effective on the penalty kill.

As with anybody entering a new team in the middle of the season, it can be a challenge having to adapt to a new environment on the spot. Kempny gave credit to assistant coach Todd Reirden for instilling confidence in him when he arrived to Washington.

Kempny was asked if he wanted to come back and responded, “I definitely want to be here.”

By Michael Marzzacco

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About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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6 Responses to Michal Kempny: “I Definitely Want to Be Here”

  1. Joshua Lowe says:

    Love Carlson, but want Kempny back. very good player and a few years younger.

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    • Breaklance says:

      If you look at orlov as a lesser carlson then I’d say kempny is like pre injury alzner with a bit better offense.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    I would love to the D as follows: Orlov-Nisky; MK-JC; 2 young guys such as Djoos and Bowey; BO Orpik…. MK? home much?

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  5. Fabricated Arbitrage says:

    I don’t know why everyone assumes it’s one or the other, bringing back both Kempny and Carlson is not only doable, but crucial. Assuming the Salary Cap bumps up to $80M next season, the Caps have about $16.2M for 6 or 7 slots. Kempny, Carlson, Wilson, Bowey will eat up about $12.9M of that (based off Matt Cane’s Projections) leaving them just under $3.3M to restock the 4th line however they see fit. Boyd + DSP (both RFAs) will cost around 1.55M, leaving GMBM 1.75M in space. *Shrug*

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