Blackhawks Trade Michal Kempny To Washington

Over the last two seasons, Kempny has appeared in 81 games with the Blackhawks, recording 15 points. The 27-year-old defenseman is playing on a one-year, $900k contract and will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

40 thoughts on “Blackhawks Trade Michal Kempny To Washington

  1. Maybe should have waited a week or two…Washington is probably still a little pissed over Saturday’s ass whoopin’!

  2. A 3rd is probably ok value but I was hoping for a 2nd.

    In a world where a 40 year old Kimo Timonen, who sits out all year on blood thinners, costs the Hawks 2 2nd round picks, I would have thought with the deadline deal prices for defensemen being normally high, we could have negotiated our way to a 2nd with someone.

    Plus the Caps pick will not be a high one. But this was a deal that had to happen, as Kempny was not going to resign with us.

  3. Agree with Ron, they have to find a way to move Seabrook and his contract. Kempny may get more of a chance in Washington.

  4. Caps have 2 -3rds. Their own and the Leafs pick which was acquired from the Devils.

    Timonen unlike Kempny wasnt healthy. Regardless of what we think of Kempny, when you routinely scratch a guy and get a 3rd, you’re doing alright.

    Timonen put up 35 points the year before he was traded here.

  5. I’m good with getting a 3rd for Kempny. He’s a UFA at season’s end so may as well get something for him.

  6. Now take that 3rd round pick and package it with Anisimov for the other team’s 1st round pick.

    Or something like that. C’mon Stan – work those phones.

  7. Better than a bag of pucks but not by much. He would have been worth more if he wasn’t in and out of the lineup over the last two years.

    I always liked Kempny. Obviously Q didn’t. I would love to hear why. A good pickup for Washington.

  8. …..this deal means nothing…. they are simply dumping Kempny…3rd round is a lottery…lol…nothing that immediately benefits this team….

  9. Guess you just have to ask…..where would Kempny have gone in the draft. I doubt he would have been under a 80th pick

  10. While I never understood all the Kempny love, he certainly deserved to play more this year. We received a fair return in this deal. It will be interesting to see how Dahlstrom progresses over the balance of the year. He is pretty raw but I am impressed with his mobility for his size and the quality of his first pass out of this zone. I have no expectations for either Rutta or Gustufson. I would be mildly surprised if either of these guys are back next year.

  11. 3rd round is good value for someone who was only in the line up this year for 30 games – in fact better than good

    This gives the Hawks another draft pick and opens a roster spot for hopefully a new D man who can play top 4, acquired either via trade or signed as a UFA in summer

  12. I see Ruuta back as probably 7th D, Gus probably not at least not in NHL – we need a legit top 4 D man somehow before next season

  13. Darren Dreger mentioned Hartman as one of several guys Winnipeg has considered. I would prefer we keep Hartman unless the return is too good to pass up. He plays hard every night and it’s been tough this year for him without consistent line mates.

  14. Now if we can trade Bouma and free up a spot and bring up Hayden. Hope trade works out for Kempny he never had a chance here.

  15. Since 2010 Bowmans 3rd round picks.
    2010 Joakin Nordstrom
    2011 Micheal Palliotta, Klas Dahlback
    2012 Chris Calnan
    2013 John Hayden
    2014 Beau Starrett, Matheson Iacopelli
    2015 Dennis Gilbert
    2016 Wouter Peeters
    2017 Andrei Altibarmakyan, Evan Barrett
    Some pretty recognizable names on that list, of current and future NHLers. Considering he was going to walk in the summer, probably a pretty good return.

  16. re: Hereismike – getting a 3rd round pick for a guy you aren’t using who isn’t going to be back next year is stealing. Kempny is without a doubt an NHL player who the Hawks were going to watch walk for nothing in 8 weeks. They got a 3rd round pick for him. This trade is a win.

  17. re: Mike R wondering where Kempny would have gone in the draft – he’s 27. When he was 18, 19 & 20 where did he go in the draft? Because hypothetically speaking, a guy who puts up 15 points in 81 games in his mid- to late-20s isn’t exactly a 1st round pick if that’s what you’re getting at.

  18. Good for Kempny, Q now has loads of time until next season to find his new whipping boy. Tab is right, he wasn’t playing and wasn’t going to re-sign again, the draft pick is a free asset.

    I don’t know what Washington’s D-men situation is, we’ll see if Kempny actually gets to play regularly or was a cheap insurance policy for Washington. One less subject for us to all blog about, especially your truly.

    Lastly, if Bowman doesn’t trade Bouma & Wingels (Jurco for that matter as well), they had better be waived or whatever (they don’t affect the salary cap at all) after next Monday so we can see Hayden and Highmore at minimum recalled.

  19. Iceman as is with the ltir space available, 2 or 3 players can be recalled/added after next Monday when 23 max on roster players no longer in effect. Only being under the cap from then until end of seasons comes into play.

  20. Hopeful the hawks can trade bouma/wingels/Jurco/Gus and Rutta. Would love for them to resign wingels during free agency.
    3rd pick for a guy that had no future here is a win/win.

  21. Wish Kempny the best, he was NEVER going to work here with Q, He will no doubt go on and do some good things in Washington. A 2nd would have been great but a 3rd is a good haul. Stan should have worked in some playoff stipulations based on games played and rounds advanced. Guess that’s only what good GM do with us.

  22. Reading through the tea leaves a bit…if Stan and Q had differing opinions of Kempny. Say Stan liked him and Q didn’t. Why make the trade instead of attempting to resign…unless the current plan is to have Q back?

  23. Iceman, weren’t you the same one who called Jeremy Morin Q’s whipping boy? Show me one of Q’s whipping boys that has gone on to greatness?

  24. Sell sell sell. Good trade for a Q’s dog house resident who was not going to resign with the Hawks.

    Moving Seabrook or Saad would be nice but very unlikely. The interesting thing is that the way the NMC are handed out, Arty, Hartman, Bouma and Wingles are the most likely next moves. Those 4 also are the more physical players that have been willing to provide net front prensence most nights. I wonder if that is a trend?????

    NMC= lack of motivation??? I hope SB is asking the vets if they want to be in Chicago through a rebuild.

    SB keep the open for business light on and make some more trades.

  25. “where would Kempny have gone in the draft.”

    What draft? The 2008, 2009, or 2010 draft? Or are you saying if he could be drafted in the 2018 draft…and then sign wherever he’d like? Yeah, he wouldn’t be drafted this year either

  26. “Sweet, I can’t be traded, or demoted… time to not give a fuck and still collect a paycheck”

    -No professional athlete ever

  27. Ernie, I know this is a moot point but do you really believe Kempny wouldn’t be drafted if he was in the 2018 draft? Really? A pick that would be able to play a 5/6 D role for at least 3 years starting next year?

    Personally, I think most GM’s would rather have a 5/6 in the hand rather than two who knows what in the bush. I say mid 3rd round.

  28. I agree with anybody who believes this is good value.
    When you miss the playoffs, you cannot limp to the draft with only 6 picks.

    It’s a seller’s market and the Hawks are selling. Kempny was not going to resign with the Hawks after getting yo-yoed in and out of the lineup. A 3rd round pick for a guy who would likely play about 10 more games in Chicago ? Excellent move.

    Hopefully Franson will fetch a draft pick as well. Wingels and Bouma are definitely being showcased. You can find dozens of guys like that on 7/1

  29. You can’t pick and choose who’s in the draft. It’s a silly argument to make. Even if he could enter the draft…unlike everyone else, he can sign anywhere 2 weeks after the draft. So would a team “draft” a guy they know isn’t going to play for them?

  30. Yes yes. win win. Good for everyone involved. Hope he does good there.

    People who bitch and moan about bad Bowman trades where picks were shaky. Bollig for a 3rd and Kempny for 3rd when prob not staying balance those scales.

    These trades are huge, they allow us to us draft picks that people win about because we get the right back at times later.

    Huge trade. Panik and 1.6 cap space for 91 and Kempny for a 3rd. In terms of the bourne identity.

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