Kings acquire Dempsey from Blackhawks
LOS ANGELES (CP) - The Los Angeles Kings acquired defenceman Nathan
Dempsey from the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night for a 2005
fourth-round draft pick and future considerations.
Dempsey, 29, had 25 points in 58 games with Chicago this season. He
led the Blackhawks in average ice time and was tops among the club's
defencemen in shots on goal.
``Nathan fits in well with our current group of defencemen,'' said
Kings general manager Dave Taylor. ``He is mobile and he moves the
``He has a good, all-around game and we like that he has played in
all situations with Chicago this season.''
Last season with Chicago, Dempsey's first full NHL campaign, he had
five goals and 23 points in 67 games.
The six-foot, 191-pound Dempsey was originally Toronto's 12 pick,
245th overall, in the 1992 entry draft. He made his NHL debut with
the Maple Leafs during the 1996-97 season and remained with the
organization until signing with Chicago on July 12, 2002.
In 173 career games with Chicago and Toronto, Dempsey has registered