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After the Washington Capitals acquired defenseman Nick Jensen and a fifth-round pick in 2020 from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for defenseman Madison Bowey and a second-round pick in 2019 on Friday afternoon, the team announced that they have signed the 28-year old to a four-year contract worth $10 million ($2.5 million AAV). Jensen could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Jensen posted two goals, 15 points, and a +1 rating in 60 games with the Red Wings this season. The 149th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft has posted six goals, 43 points, and a -14 rating in 190 career NHL games.
With Jensen under contract, the Capitals now have $9,194,872 remaining in cap space with forward Jakub Vrana (RFA), forward Brett Connolly (UFA), forward Andre Burakovsky (RFA), forward Dmitrij Jaskin (RFA), forward Carl Hagelin (UFA), forward Devante Smith-Pelly (UFA), center Nic Dowd (UFA), forward Chandler Stephenson (RFA), defenseman Christian Djoos (RFA), and defenseman Brooks Orpik (UFA) in need of new contracts after this season.
The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Nick Jensen to a four-year, $10 million contract extension, with an average annual value of $2.5 million, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today
Jensen, 28, a native of Rogers, Minn., recorded 15 points (2g, 13a) in 60 games with the Red Wings this season, which is tied for his highest point total of his career, set last season (15a). The 6’0″, 194-pound defenseman’s 50.43 shot attempt percentage (947 shot attempts for, 931 against) led Detroit defensemen at five-on-five among players with at least 40 games played. Additionally, Jensen’s 2:46 minutes per game on the penalty kill are the most on the Red Wings and his 165:53 total penalty kill minutes rank 21st in the NHL. Additionally, Jensen was on the ice for 42 goals at five-on-five, the second most on the Red Wings this season.
In 190 career games with Detroit, Jensen has collected 43 points (6g, 37a). Jensen was selected with the Red Wings’ fifth round pick (149th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft.
Prior to the NHL, Jensen appeared in 222 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL), recording 61 points (10g, 51a). Additionally, Jensen was a three-year player at St. Cloud State University from 2010 to 2013. In his junior year at the university, Jensen was named to the NCAA (West) First All-American Team and was named the NCAA (WCHA) Defensive Player of the Year.
By Harrison Brown