"He's probably going to benefit from this too," MacLellan said. "It's not all not good for him. I think he's done a good job managing it. To come in this year with so many questions — not from my point of view, the lineup questions were that big a deal — but just the emotional state of our team coming in to start the year and how to handle that, I think he's done an outstanding job."
Washington general manager Brian MacLellan, who said Kempny was the team's No. 1 trade target at the deadline, felt the defenseman was flying "under the radar" because he was routinely a healthy scratch in Chicago.