The Washington Capitals announced on Tuesday that defenseman Michal Kempny underwent surgery to repair his left hamstring. Kempny has been out of commission since he sustained an injury on March 20. He will now be out for up to six months- well into the next season. Not only is this a painful injury from which to recover; it is a painful blow for the Capitals right before the playoffs.
The Capitals initially said he would be “out indefinitely” because of a leg injury. During a game against the Lightning it looked as if Kempny, in a scrum with Cedric Paquette, fell and perhaps twisted his knee or leg on the way down.
Caps defenseman Michal Kempny underwent a successful surgery to repair a torn left hamstring. Kempny is expected to miss 4-6 months.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) April 2, 2019
Several orthopedic articles on hamstring injuries and surgeries suggest that following the procedure to repair a hamstring tear it can take between six and 12 months, depending on the severity of the injury, for an athlete to fully recover. We don’t have any details about the exact nature of Kempny’s injury but we would expect to see him in a brace and on crutches for a few weeks following surgery. He will then likely have three or four months of physical therapy. Studies have found that the sooner an injury is identified and treated the greater chance of a successful return to sports.
Kempny is part of the Capitals Stanley Cup winning team and his injury leaves a big hole in the defense. He and John Carlson have become known for their offensive play as well as their ability to chase pucks from in front of the Caps net keeper. Christian Djoos has been the go-to guy since Kempny sustained the injury. Additionally, Nick Jensen has shown that he has the ability to play a bit of an offensive game himself.
Coach Reirden has a couple of games to sort out the defensive pairings before the start of the 2019 playoffs. It is likely that he will bring up another defenseman from the Hershey Bears as an emergency backup. Jonas Siegenthaler or Tyler Lewington might get that call.
We wish Michal a speedy recovery.