Day 1 Capitals Training Camp Blog: Michal Kempny Starts Out With No Contact Jersey

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Defenseman Michal Kempny, who missed the Washington Capitals‘ final 15 games including all seven in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season after undergoing hamstring surgery on April 2, started training camp in a light blue jersey, meaning he did not take any contact. He did a few drills before heading off the ice. GM Brian MacLellan stated that he will likely be ready for the season opener at the St. Louis Blues but will not play in many preseason games, if any, at media day on Thursday.

Defenseman Alexandar Alexeyev and forward Kody Clark, who each suffered an upper-body injury during the team’s prospect tournament earlier this week, did not suit up for day one of camp, which MacLellan said on Thursday.

Head coach Todd Reirden said that there’s no timetable for Alexeyev’s return and that they are still waiting on NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s decision on whether to suspend center Evgeny Kuznetsov, who met with him earlier this week to discuss why he was banned for four years by the IIHF after he tested positive for cocaine in May.

Practice Groups

Headlines From Around The League

The Carolina Hurricanes announced today that they have signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Frederik Claesson, who recorded two goals, six points, and a +3 rating in 37 games with the New York Rangers last season, to a professional tryout.

With forward Mikko Rantanen still an unsigned restricted free agent, former Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky is taking his place on the Colorado Avalanche’s top-line with center Nathan MacKinnon and forward Gabriel Landeskog to begin training camp.

The Winnipeg Jets granted defenseman Dustin Byfuglien to leave the organization for personal reasons.

Dallas Stars forward Corey Perry will miss at least two weeks with a fractured foot and be re-evaluated then.

Stars GM Jim Nill stated that defenseman Julius Honka, who has appeared in no more than 42 games in any of his three NHL seasons, has requested a trade.

Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock stated that they will name a captain soon.

RFA Mitch Marner signs six-year contract that carries a cap hit of $10.8 million with the Maple Leafs.

Capitals Today

Stay tuned throughout the day for updates.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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4 Responses to Day 1 Capitals Training Camp Blog: Michal Kempny Starts Out With No Contact Jersey

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