Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins Make Minor Deal

Kevin van SteendelaarAnalyst IJanuary 5, 2009

Well it wasn't a deal with Florida for Jay Bouwmeester.

Regardless, Montreal Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced a trade today, acquiring defenceman T.J. Kemp from the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins will receive a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Kemp, a career minor-league player, had nine points and 22 penalty minutes with the Penguins AHL affiliate in Wilkes Barre/Scranton this season after being signed as an unrestricted free agent in July, 2008. He has 93 career points in 174 AHL games.

Kemp will be assigned to the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs.

This could be a move by Gainey just to fill roster space in Hamilton, enabling Yannick Weber and/or Max Pacioretty to remain in Montreal for a longer period, given the Canadiens current injury problems.

Then again it could be a small move leading to something bigger. With Bob Gainey, one never knows.