OT: Wings trade Jensen to Caps

Submitted by Lloyd's Boy on February 22nd, 2019 at 3:57 PM

Wings start off their trade deadline activities today. Traded Jensen and a 2019 5th round pick to the Caps in exchange for 2020 2nd rounder and Madison Bowey. 

Got reasonable value for a rental player IMHO. Should be interesting to see if Howard and Nyquist find new homes. What do you expect to get in return for those guys?

Comments

chrisbar1104

February 22nd, 2019 at 4:17 PM ^

In all fairness, the context is Detroit's defensive group is extremely old.  I would argue while we have Cholowski and Hronek up and coming, outside of that anyone remotely close in age to Jensen was Witkowski and DeKeyser (both 28).

Mike Green is 33, Kronwall 38, Ericsson 34, and Daley 35.  Today's acquisition of Bowey brings some youthful talent to the mix at 23 but a project player. 

With that said, Jensen still is an underrated aspect of Detroit's team this year.  If you're only judging him by his offensive metrics, that would sorely miss the point -- Jensen is a defensive defenseman who has put up better numbers this year playing against better competition. 

Charlestown Chiefs

February 22nd, 2019 at 4:51 PM ^

I was with you until you said Jensen is a defensive defenseman.  He is the exact opposite.  He's a puck moving D man who can get involved in the offensive zone play.  He's a solid 5th D man on a team, but the Wings need way more help than him.  They are in a complete rebuild.  Need to get rid of some truly terrible contracts over the next 4-5 years, and then they can start again.  

drjaws

February 22nd, 2019 at 4:26 PM ^

Yes, most of the games. And I played juniors in Canada.  

He’s young in that he’s only been up with the Wings for 2.5 years and that 28 is the average age of an NHL player (27.7 years old).  He’s got 5-8 years left so ... yea.  Young.

I’d rather have a defenseman that knows how to play defense and doesnt get stuck watching the puck, leaving his man wide open, than a defensive liability who happens to score 15 goals a year.  If goals is what you’re looking for out of a defenseman, you’re not doing it right.  That’s what Ericsson was supposed to be, an “offense minded defenseman” and he’s trash.  Worst defender on the team and shouldn’t be on an NHL roster, especially for $4+ million a year.

Jensen has 1 less goal than Ericsson and way more assists.  He has one less goal than DeKeyser and more assists.  In fact, stat wise, only Green has better stats on the year as far as defensemen, and Green is clearly the best defender on the team. So yea.

Do you even watch them?  Did you ever play at a remotely high level?  Because it doesn’t seem like it with that take.

chrisbar1104

February 22nd, 2019 at 4:10 PM ^

It may be wishful thinking, but I would hope a 1st for Nyquist now that Duchene is off the market (and presumably, Panarin is either off as well or an exorbitantly high asking price).

Big Boutros

February 22nd, 2019 at 4:16 PM ^

slight overpay by the Caps but worth it, specifically the 2nd. Bowey sucks and he's turning 24 in a month. It's basically Jensen for a 2nd which is steep for a half-million UFA but the Caps are going for a repeat. Nice trade for both teams I think.

drjaws

February 22nd, 2019 at 4:32 PM ^

Agreed but hate to see him go.  Wings are gonna stink for quite a while until these crap contracts we have with 74 year old players end.  Also have overpaid for average talent.

Ericsson is plain terrible, Kronwall is over the hill, DeKeyser is overpaid, so is Nyquist, Abby, Daley ..... 

Hotel Putingrad

February 22nd, 2019 at 4:47 PM ^

Trader Ken strikes again!

The fact that he got a 2nd rounder for a 3-month rental of a third-pairing defenseman is damn impressive.

I fully expect him to get a 1st and a decent prospect for Gus, but I don't see Howard moving unless San Jose gets really desperate.

jbrandimore

February 22nd, 2019 at 4:51 PM ^

I was on the fence about Jensen going or staying.

While the 2nd and a project player seems a good return, we all need to view this as one of the following two headlines:

The Detroit Red Wings today traded defenseman Nick Jensen and a 5th round pick to the Washington Capitals for defenseman Madison Bowey and a 2020 2nd round pick....

OR

Detroit Red Wings General Manager announced this afternoon that he has resigned pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Nick Jensen to a 5 year, $25 million dollar contract, with a full NTC for the first four full seasons.

If this is the choice - and it was. I'll take plan A.

DCGrad

February 22nd, 2019 at 4:55 PM ^

Getting a 2nd rounder for Jensen is pretty good. Especially because who knows how good the caps will be in 2020. 

Jimmy should net the wings a third rounder or maybe a second if a team is trying to make a run and needs a goalie.

Nyquist? He's 29 and has 48 points in 60 games which is pretty good for him. Maybe a 1st and 4th? 2nd and 3rd?

I would like to see Daley and Vanek go as well. Get more kids up.

This pains me to say, but Kronwall should be traded too. Get what you can for him and let the younger defensemen move up. If the Wings have been floundering at any position for a while it's been defense since Lidstrom left.

Wolverine91

February 22nd, 2019 at 5:52 PM ^

I would love to somehow fleece Colorado into trading away ottawas pick for nyquist and Howard and whoever else they want. Won't happen but would be nice considering how badly we need the number 1, 2 pick. The wings won't lose enough to get top 3