The Washington Capitals announced on Saturday that defenseman Michal Kempny has been placed on waivers with the intention of sending the 31-year-old to the AHL’s Hershey Bears.
The move saves the Capitals $1.225 million in NHL salary cap space and the team now has $1,793,740 in salary cap space.
Kempny missed the entire 2020-21 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn Achilles’ tendon on October 8, 2020. Just over 18 months before, he had a surgery to fix a core muscle injury that caused him to miss six-and-a-half months.
Kempny 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 games.
Kempny recorded one assist and a -2 rating in five 2020 Stanley Cup Playoff games, but was a healthy scratch for the final three games of the Capitals’ first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series against the New York Islanders.
In 232 career NHL games with the Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks, Kempny 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 in 2019-20.
Kempny had a tough preseason where he turned the puck over a lot, which led to goals-against.
The Capitals are now down to 26 players on their training camp roster. They are required to turn in their 23-man opening night roster by 5 PM ET on Monday. They open the regular-season against the New York Rangers at Capital One Arena on Wednesday (7:30 PM ET, TNT).
By Harrison Brown