The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Michal Kempny from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a conditional third round pick in 2018. The condition is that the Hawks get the third round pick of either the Capitals or Toronto Maple Leafs, depending on which pick is higher in the draft.
For the Capitals, they get an NHL defenseman, something their entire division needs. Also, Kempny is a rental, so the price for him was lower. It\’s a bargain that would be nice if it works out for them.
Kempny, 27, has a goal and six assists for seven points in 31 games for Chicago this year. In his NHL career, all for the Blackhawks, Kempny has scored three goals and 12 assists for 15 points in 81 games.
For the Blackhawks, they are actually non-competitive this year, and are sellers. Brent Seabrook is the main guy who could be traded, but Kempny, who\’s a pending free agent, works out as a trade chip as well.
I think this an even trade, like most trades that are one player for one pick. It depends on who the Blackhawks draft with their new pick.