A team that works out together, stays together, right?
Jakub Vrana and Michal Kempny are spending their time working out together at VT Gym in Prague, the offseason home of both Czech players.
Or at least, Vrana is working hard. Kempny can be seen goofing around in the background of most of the videos posted on the gym’s Instagram Story.
They’re not alone. The gym looks like a popular place for Czech NHL players wanting to stay in shape. Vitek Vanacek, the starting goalie for the Hershey Bears who backed up Braden Holtby in the NHL bubble in Toronto, and New York Rangers’ center Filip Chytil also posed for a photo at the gym.
Vrana has only a year left on the two-year, $6.7 million contract he signed with the Caps in July 2019, after which he’ll again be a restricted free agent. Heading into a contract year, he will need to be in top shape.
Kempny is halfway through the four-year, $10 million contract he signed after a strong performance on the way to the Caps’ first Stanley Cup. Given his struggles on the ice this year, he will need to prove his worth again when next season starts up.
And with the uncertainty surrounding the Caps’ goalie situation next year – Holtby will become a free agent with no guarantee where he lands -- Vanacek will look to impress the coaches in training camp.
Kempny and Vrana have been spending a lot of time together this summer. Vrana was on hand to celebrate Kempny's 30th birthday earlier this month -- with Caps prospect Martin Fehervary, a Slovokia native, on hand as well. Looks like they’ll have plenty of time to prepare, though, because the next NHL season is unlikely to start until 2021.