Capitals trade Francois Bouchard to Rangers for Tomas Kundratek

Washington completed a minor trade Tuesday evening, sending AHL forward Francois Bouchard to the New York Rangers in exchange for defensive prospect Tomas Kundratek.

Kundratek will join the Bears and will be available for Wednesday's game against Binghamton.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Kundratek, 21, has recorded two assists in seven games with the Connecticut Whale this season. During the 2010-11 season, the right-handed shooting blueliner recorded 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists) and 42 penalty minutes in 70 games.

Kundratek, a native of Prerov, Czech Republic, was a third-round (90th overall) selection by the Rangers in the 2008 draft.

Heading to the New York organization is Bouchard, who was a second-round (35th overall) draft pick in 2006 but never panned out with Washington.

Bouchard, 23, has been a regular member of the Hershey Bears since the 2008-09 season and won two Calder Cups with the Capitals’ AHL affiliate. But in nine games this year he’s recorded no points and eight penalty minutes. The right wing’s best season in the Capitals organization came in 2009-10 when he recorded 52 points (21 goals) for the Bears.

Check out the team’s release here.

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