The Washington Capitals announced on Tuesday evening that defenseman Michal Kempny will miss 6-8 months after undergoing surgery on his Achilles tendon. That would put him on track to return sometime in between April and June 2021.
The 30-year-old recorded three goals, 18 points, and a team-leading +19 rating in 58 regular-season games during the 2019-20 season after missing the first eight while recovering from core muscle surgery that occurred on April 2, 2019.
Kempny recorded one assist and a -2 rating in five Stanley Cup Playoff games but was a healthy scratch for the final three games of the Capitals’ first-round series against the New York Islanders.
The Capitals announced that they re-signed defenseman Brenden Dillion for four years at $3.9 million per season after.
With Kempny out, his $2.5 million cap hit will come off of the books as the Capitals are expected to place him on long-term injured reserve when the 2020-21 season begins.
In 232 career NHL games with the Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks, the 30-year-old has recorded 14 goals, 61 points, and a +58 rating.
Kempny recorded a 50.35% Corsi-for percentage and a 49.54% expected goals-for percentage this past season.
He was demoted from the top defensive pairing after Dillon was acquired from the San Jose Sharks on February 19 and was even a healthy scratch for one game.
The Capitals will need to sign a right-handed defenseman in free agency since Kempny will miss at least half of the 2020-21 season. The market is slated to open on Friday at noon ET.
Kempny workout from September 28.
By Harrison Brown