Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny (torn hamstring) practiced with the team once again on Monday and is getting “closer” to shedding it, per head coach Todd Reirden. He has not played a preseason game and Reirden told the media that the goal for him was to play on opening night, which is nine days away from Monday. He could have been in contact as he skated in his regular spot in the lineup with John Carlson for the first time. Reirden also gave updates on center Lars Eller and defenseman Alexander Alexeyev.
This is interesting because Michal Kempny is paired with John Carlson.
Kempny wasn’t cleared for contact as of early this afternoon, but might have changed. https://t.co/jrhC58Hfev
— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) September 23, 2019
Eller was in “full compete” mode on Monday, Reirden said. Eller, who has not played a preseason game, is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Alexeyev, who is recovering from an upper-body injury/concussion that he suffered in the Capitals’ prospect tournament on September 8, skated with strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish for the first time on Monday.
#CapsProspect Alex Alexeyev would go down at the conclusion of the second period. He would eventually be helped from the ice, but walked to the room under his own power. Caps-Preds tied 1-1 after two periods. pic.twitter.com/GGXGEmgb5E
— NoVa Caps (@NoVa_Caps) September 8, 2019
- Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed RFA C Brayden Point to a three-year contract that carries a cap hit of $6.75 million
- Defenseman Eric Gryba announced his retirement from the NHL after seven seasons
CAPS TODAY: Through three preseason games, Brian Pinho ranks first on the Capitals with two goals. More info on Washington’s 2013 sixth-round pick at https://t.co/HecIC0ECg1 pic.twitter.com/r1a2NBAGq0
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) September 23, 2019
By Harrison Brown