The Washington Capitals, parent club of the AHL’s Hershey Bears, have acquired defenseman Tomas Kundratek from the New York Rangers, parent club of the AHL’s Connecticut Whale, in exchange for forward Francois Bouchard.
Kundratek, 21, had two assists in seven games for Connecticut this season. As a rookie in 2010-11, the native of Prerov, Czech Republic, notched two goals, 10 assists and 12 points in 70 contests for the Whale.
A third-round draft pick by the Rangers in 2008, Kundratek played two seasons of junior hockey in the WHL with Medicine Hat, and made his pro debut with Hartford during the 2009 Calder Cup Playoffs.
Bouchard, 23, was scoreless in nine games with Hershey this season. The fourth-year pro had spent his entire career with the Bears, totaling 49 goals and 63 assists for 112 points in 228 games. Bouchard also compiled seven goals and seven assists in 39 career postseason games and won Calder Cup championships with Hershey in 2009 and 2010.
A native of Sherbrooke, Que., Bouchard was a second-round draft pick by the Capitals in 2006.