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Michal Kempny Re-signs With Capitals

June 29, 2018 - 11:06 am

By Joe Schiller 

The NHL offseason has already been filled with plenty of drama-filled storylines but piece by piece, the Washington Capitals are retaining their Stanley Cup-winning core.

After agreeing to a one-year, $1 million extension with winger Devante Smith-Pelly, the Capitals have reportedly signed defender Michal Kempny to a multi-year deal according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger.

According to Dreger, Kempny received outside interest from unnamed teams but chose to stay with the Capitals instead. That’s the leverage you have as a front office when you’re coming off a title season.

The Capitals later confirmed the signing of Kempny to a four-year deal worth $2.5 million annually.

Kempny was acquired from the Blackhawks halfway through the 2017 season for a third-round conditional draft pick. He appeared in 21 games for the Capitals, tallying two goals and one assist during the regular season but provided a stout defensive presence paired with John Carlson, who recently signed a mega-extension to stay in the nation’s capital.

While he didn’t provide the same offensive presence as Carlson, Kempny scored two goals in the Capitals’ postseason run, including one in the team’s Game 4 win over the Vegas Golden Knights.

Keeping two blueliners in Kempny and Carlson will be crucial for the Capitals again this season.