Blackhawks trade Kempny to Capitals for conditional third-round pick

ST. LOUIS, MO - JANUARY 2: Michal Kempny #6 of the Chicago Blackhawks and Kyle Brodziak #28 of the St. Louis Blues race to the puck as Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks on during the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Busch Stadium on January 2, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

CHICAGO — The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Michal Kempny in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks.

The 27-year-old Kempny had a goal and six assists in 31 games for Chicago this season. He can become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Washington is in second place in the crowded Metropolitan Division heading into Monday’s game at Buffalo. The NHL trade deadline is next week.

The Blackhawks received a conditional third-round pick in the deal. The Capitals will part with the higher selection between their own third-rounder and the Toronto pick that they acquired from New Jersey as part of the Marcus Johansson trade.