Michal Kempny was in and out of the Blackhawks lineup last season but he’ll likely get a bigger opportunity this coming season. On Saturday, he was assured of coming back to get that chance.
Kempny and the Blackhawks agreed to a one-year extension, the team announced on Saturday morning.
“Michal’s style of play is an asset to our defense,” general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. “He is the type of player who will continue to improve now that he has transitioned to the National Hockey League. We look forward to his continued development on the ice for the Blackhawks.”
Kempny was part of a very crowded blue line last season — he was one of eight defensemen at the start of it — and played 50 regular-season games. He recorded two goals and six assists in those contests but did not play in the Blackhawks’ four postseason contests. With Johnny Oduya and Brian Campbell likely not returning, however, Kempny should get a bigger opportunity this season.
The 26-year-old Kempny also had two goals and an assist in eight games for the Czech Republic team at the 2017 World Championship.
David Haugh, Charlie Roumeliotis, and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel.
0:00 - Joel Quenneville returns to the United Center. The guys look back at his 3 Cups in Chicago and discuss his place among the greatest Chicago coaches of all-time.
9:00 - The Blackhawks have won 5 straight and are 3 points out of a wild card spot. Are the playoffs in their future?
12:00 - Patrick Kane has reached 1,000 points. Will he end up at the Blackhawks all-time leading scorer? Could he end up being the greatest Blackhawk ever?
18:00 - Jonathan Toews joins Kap to talk about Joel Quenneville's return, Kane's 1,000th point and the team's winning streak?
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Blackhawks fans are an extremely loyal bunch so it should come as no surprise they have nothing but love for Joel Quenneville in his return to Chicago with the Florida Panthers. The Blackhawks players have echoed that same thing, with Toews stating how much Coach Q meant to the city of Chicago:
Blackhawks fans brought out the Coach Q memorabilia in droves:
Coach Q got the last laugh on Tuesday night, as the Panthers walked out of the United Center with a convincing 4-3 win despite the Blackhawks getting a solid offensive output, including Kaner's 1,001st career point.
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