The Washington Capitals misplaced one defenseman, presumably for the season, and introduced one other one again.
Washington re-signed Brenden Dillon to a $15.6 million, four-year contract Tuesday, an announcement that got here minutes after the group mentioned Michal Kempny will miss six to eight months following surgical procedure to restore a torn Achilles tendon. Dillon will rely $3.9 million in opposition to the wage cap by the 2023-24 season.
Like Kempny in 2018 when the Capitals gained the Stanley Cup, Dillon slot in seamlessly after they acquired him on the commerce deadline. As a lot as they’re up in opposition to the flat, $81.5 million wage cap, the Capitals may use long-term damage aid with Kempny to maintain Dillon.
It is unclear when the 2020-21 season will begin, although commissioner Gary Bettman mentioned on NHL Community that Jan. 1 was the brand new goal date. Kempny’s restoration would take him out by at the very least March.
The 30-year-old was injured throughout coaching in his native Czech Republic. After being part of the Cup-winning group, Kempny missed the 2019 playoffs and begin of final season due to a torn left hamstring.
Washington acquired Dillon, 29, from San Jose in February for a 2020 second- and 2021 third-round choose. The Canadian defenseman averaged 22 minutes of ice time in the course of the postseason for the Capitals, who wished to convey him again regardless of a troublesome cap scenario.
They’re anticipated to lose goaltender Braden Holtby in free company.