Connolly: Michal Kempny injury bigger than people realize

Chris Lingebach
March 28, 2019 - 1:53 pm
Capitals defenseman Michael Kempny will miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs due to injury.

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With Michal Kempny likely to miss the playoffs with a "lower-body injury," the Capitals are in a serious bind and there's no easy solution.

Calling up Jonas Siegenthaler from Hershey is a quick fix and was indeed the route Washington took, but there's no way the 21-year-old can fill Kempny's shoes alongside John Carlson on the Caps' top defensive pairing.

"It's a big loss," Brett Connolly said during his weekly 106.7 The Fan appearance, presented by F.H. Furr. "I don't think people are really talking about it as much as they should be. It's a huge loss."

"He's a top-two defenseman," Connolly said. "He plays with our best defenseman offensively, John Carlson, who plays 30 minutes a night. He was a big part of our team last year and we won when he came in, and he's had a great year. He's gonna be missed."

Coach Todd Reirden has resorted to throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the problem, mixing and matching guys hoping something sticks.

Still, for the Caps, it's "next guy up," their only choice as they look to defend their title in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in a little over a week."

"Christian Djoos, he's a very smart player and I think he's deserved to be in the lineup all year," Connolly said. "It's just weird things with trades and stuff happened, but he's been good since he came in. He's a good, smart player and he moves the puck. I think we all have full confidence in him as well. It's gonna be a lot of fun to see how he does. He's a good players, too."

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