The Washington Capitals lost Michal Kempny to a leg injury recently, and pronounced him out indefinitely while tests were done. Today, while the Capitals were visiting the White House with the Stanley Cup, the defenseman was seen on crutches and head coach Todd Rierden told reporters including Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post that the injury will keep Kempny out “long term.” The team is still determining whether surgery will be necessary, but in the meantime have recalled Jonas Siegenthaler from the minor leagues.
Siegenthaler, 21, was actually just barely too expensive for the Capitals to recall any earlier than today, but will now likely be with the team through the end of the season. Washington will have to decide how to deploy their six defensemen in the playoffs, and whether they can rely on the young Siegenthaler in a full-time role. With impressive talents like John Carlson, Matt Niskanen and Dmitry Orlov they will have plenty of options, but Kempny’s addition seemed to make everything click last season and will certainly be missed.
The Capitals currently sit in first place in the Metropolitan Division but need to keep their foot on the gas pedal down the stretch to stay clear of the other contenders. The New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes are all within five points of the Capitals, meaning they could fall right out of the divisional playoff spots if they falter for a few weeks.