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Capitals Acquire Michal Kempny from Chicago

NHL: Washington Capitals at Chicago Blackhawks Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The Capitals have acquired defenseman Michal Kempny from Chicago for a 3rd-round pick.

Kempny has played in 30 games this season, posting 1-6-7 in about 15 minutes a night. He likely could shore up the Capitals’ rough 3rd pair, either by slotting there himself or by pushing Christian Djoos down a pair.

From the team’s press release:

The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Michal Kempny from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a third round draft pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Kempny, 27, a native of Hodnin, Czech Republic, recorded seven points (1g, 6a) in 31 games with the Blackhawks this season. In 81 career NHL games, Kempny has recorded 15 points (3g, 12a) and 34 penalty minutes.

Kempny was signed by the Blackhawks as a free agent on May 23, 2016.

Prior to joining the Blackhawks, Kempny recorded 60 points (21g, 39a) in 213 games with the Czech League.

The Capitals will exchange the higher of Washington’s own third round draft choice or Toronto’s third round pick. The Capitals acquired the Toronto draft pick from New Jersey as part of the Marcus Johansson trade.