The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Nick Jensen and a 2019 5th round pick (from Buffalo) from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for defenseman Madison Bowey and a 2020 2nd round pick.
This is an over payment for the Capitals. Sure, Jensen could end up like Michal Kempy for them last year and be the perfect fit they need to win the Cup, but they give up a lot. Jensen is having a good season for Detroit, put is probably worth either just Bowey or just the 2nd. Not both. At least they do get a pick back. But, since they do get him, he is an improvement to their bottom two defensive pairings, and still is one of the best right handed shot defenseman rentals available, sweetening his value.
Jensen, 28, has scored two goals and 13 assists for 15 points in 60 games for the Wings this year. In his NHL career, all in Detroit, Jensen has scored six goals and 37 assists for 43 points in 190 games.
For the Wings, this is a good sell for Jensen. He was their third best rental, behind Gustav Nyqvist and Jimmy Howard, and it\’s good for them to get him out of the way so they can decide whether or not to trade Howard by Monday\’s deadline. They get Bowey, a young defenseman who has NHL experience, and a future 2nd round pick. Giving up a spare 5th doesn\’t matter.
Bowey, 23, has scored one goal and five assists for six points in 33 games for the Caps this year. In his NHL career, all in D.C., Bowey has scored one goal and 17 assists for 18 points in 84 games.