Michal Kempny’s Return Date Remains Uncertain

By all accounts, Capitals’ defenseman Michal Kempny is extremely close to returning to the lineup for Washington. Unfortunately, that’s been the status since training camp. However, when dealing with a serious injury like this, a muscle being completely detached from a bone, caution rules.

Capitals head coach Todd Reirden stated before last night’s game that Kempny would not play in Monday night’s game, but hopeful he will be able to play in one of the other two remaining home games in the current three-game homestand.

Kempny looked ready to go at Tuesday morning’s practice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. The Capitals host the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday night at Capital One Arena.

Yet Kempny did not participate in formal line rushes this morning, indicating he is currently not projected to be in tomorrow’s lineup versus the Maple Leafs.

Reirden confirmed after practice on Tuesday that Kempny would not play against the Maple Leafs.

In an interview with NHL.com following the teams optional skate on Sunday, Kempny said he was ready to go.

Again, caution rules with this type of an injury. We will hopefully learn more from Reirden’s post practice presser. We will update as we learn more.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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10 Responses to Michal Kempny’s Return Date Remains Uncertain

  1. Anonymous says:

    Reports I was seeing is return v Leafs… but lineup JJ Posted from practice within last hour or so.. had no Kempny.. WTF.. Hes ready to go.. they need him

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s been wispy-washy for the last two weeks, exactly what his deal is. WaPo also reporting no Kempny tomorrow night.

  2. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Thanks for the update Jon S!

    The Reirden, inc. staff has shuffled the deck a little bit after noticing that, um, his team STANK four of past five games.

  3. Diane Doyle says:

    Is waiting for Kempny like waiting for Godot? Wish him a speedy recovery. Defense misses him. And, once again, it points out why Jake fought afterwards in that game where Kempny was hurt.

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  6. Esteban says:

    Kepney will return Tuesday versus Calgary. They will long term IR him (retroactively) for cap relief and then activate him after the 10th game.

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