Defenseman Michal Kempny was traded to the Washington Capitals on Monday by the Chicago Blackhawks for a conditional third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
Kempny, an undrafted free agent who agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Blackhawks on May 24, 2016, has 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 81 NHL games. He has seven points (one goal, six assists) and is plus-13 in 31 games this season.
"We see as the season goes on and the games get more intense, you need depth, and no one can have enough depth on defense," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "He's a real good skater and he's a little bit more of a veteran player."
The Blackhawks (25-27-8, 58 points) are last in the Central Division, 11 points behind the Minnesota Wild for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. They have not missed the playoffs since the 2007-08 season and have won the Cup three times during that stretch.
The Capitals (34-18-7, 75 points) are one point ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins for first place in the Metropolitan Division.
Chicago will receive the higher of Washington's own third-round draft choice or the third-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Washington acquired the Toronto draft pick from the New Jersey Devils as part of the Marcus Johansson trade on July 2, 2017.