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Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan has been quite busy over the last 48 hours or so, with the 2018 NHL Entry Draft taking up his time the last two days and a plethora of free agents to make decisions with. Among them is trade deadline acquisition, defenseman Michal Kempny, who is a pending unrestricted free agent. The Caps (and Kempny himself) expressed interest in a reunion, and those wishes may have gotten a bit closer to becoming a reality.Per The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan, the Capitals have offered the 27-year old left-handed defenseman a contract, though there remains things that need to be worked out. Acquired by the Caps from the Chicago Blackhawks prior to the trade deadline, Kempny turned out to be one of the most important players to the Capitals’ run to their first Stanley Cup Championship, recording three points (two goals, one assist) in 22 games played with the team, cementing himself in the team’s Top 4 alongside fellow unrestricted free agent blueliner John Carlson, and playing in all of Washington’s 24 playoff games (recording five points) while averaging 17:42 of ice time a night.
Am told Capitals have put in an offer to re-sign defenseman Michal Kempny. Just waiting to hear back now.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) June 23, 2018
The Capitals are also continuing discussions with Carlson’s agent Rick Curran, and accoding to MacLellan, hope to get a deal done within the next 24 hours.
By Michael Fleetwood