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Capitals' Michal Kempny out 6-8 months after Achilles surgery

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The Washington Capitals announced that defenseman Michal Kempny underwent a successful surgery on his Achilles that will keep him off the ice for 6-8 months.

The team said Kempny suffered the injury while training in the Czech Republic. The 30-year-old tallied three goals and 15 assists over 58 games this season for the Caps, his third season spent in Washington.

With two years left on his current deal with an average annual value of $2.5 million, the injury should free the team of that cap space for majority of next season as Kempny will likely be placed on long-term injured reserve. But it is yet another blow for a player who was crucial to Washington's 2018 Stanley Cup run as a late-season addition. 

Kempny, however, tore his hamstring in a March, 2019 game against the Tampa Bay Lightning and missed Washington's playoff title defense, which ended with a first-round loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

He struggled at times in 2019-20, too, as he worked his way back from that injury and often played lower in the lineup than he had the previous two seasons.