According to a report by The Athletic’s Scott Powers, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Kempny has been traded to the Washington Capitals.
The trade has now been confirmed by multiple sources online, including Canadian sports media giant Sportsnet:
The 27-year-old Kempny is a pending unrestricted free-agent on a cheap $900,000 annual salary and represents a cost effective rental addition for the Capitals. In just his second NHL season, Kempny has played 31 games for the Hawks this season, collecting one goal and seven points. In 50 games during his rookie season last year, he put up just two goals and eight points in 50 games. To say that Kempny is a defensive specialist may be the understatement of the century.
Regardless, he represents a low cost, low risk addition for the playoff bound Capitals. On the flip side, the Kempny trade may finally signal that the Blackhawks are ready to sell off some assets in an effort to get younger for next season. The perennial Stanley Cup favorites have stumbled through the 2017-18 season and, at this point, it would take nothing short of a miracle for them to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs.
A December injury to starting goalie Corey Crawford has put the team in a serious hole... one that they seemingly cannot crawl out of. Does the Kempny trade mean that GM Stan Bowman is finally ready to give up on this season and look ahead to the future?
TSN trade insider Bob McKenzie confirmed the trade as well, adding that the Caps gave up a 3rd round pick to the Hawks for Kempny's services: