Capitals re-sign Nick Jensen to four-year, $10-million deal

Capitals re-sign Nick Jensen to four-year, $10-million deal

Capitals re-sign Nick Jensen to four-year, $10-million deal

With many (most) teams around the National Hockey League in need, and not enough right-handed blue-liners to go around, one of the most coveted was plucked off the market on Friday.

A day after acquiring Carl Hagelin, the Washington Capitals have stayed busy, acquiring defenceman Nick Jensen and a 2019 fifth-round selection from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for defenceman Madison Bowey and a second-round pick in 2020.

And when Holland got the second-round pick he was seeking, plus a young blue-liner with National Hockey League experience, he pulled the trigger. Jensen has two goals and 13 assists for 15 points through 60 games, tying his career best with a quarter of the season left.

The 28-year-old Jensen is in the midst of a breakout season, but he's a pending unrestricted free agent.

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Bowey, 23, has one goal and six assists in 33 games this season, his second in the National Hockey League.

Detroit's patience paid off, with the NHL Network's Brian Lawton tweeting earlier this week that the Wings were holding firm on their desire to obtain, at minimum, a second-round pick for Jensen. He has played in 190 National Hockey League games with Detroit, logging 43 career points and 56 penalty minutes.

The most prominent Red Wings on the block ahead of Monday's deadline are Gustav Nyquist and Jimmy Howard, for both of whom Holland is believed to be seeking a first-round pick. "Excellent puck mover that can really skate & defend would be a great add to any playoff team", Lawton wrote.

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