DETROIT (AP/WJBK) - The Red Wings made their first big move before Monday's trade deadline.
Washington sent a 2020 second-round pick and defenseman Madison Bowey to Detroit for Jensen and a 2019 fifth-round pick. The Capitals then signed the pending unrestricted free agent to a $10 million, four-year extension that carries a $2.5 million salary-cap hit through 2022-23.
Jensen, 28, is a late-blooming right-handed shooter who is averaging a career-high 20:48 of ice time in his third NHL season. Jensen has two goals and 13 assists for 15 points through 60 games, tying his career best with a quarter of the season left.
Bowey, 23, has been in and out of the defending Stanley Cup champions' lineup this season and has a goal and five assists in 33 games. He is signed through next season at a salary-cap hit of $1 million.
"He was a young player that we liked in his draft year. Good size, 6-foot-2, he's a good skater," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said before his team's game in Detroit on Friday night. "Things haven't obviously worked out in Washington for him to really grab a big role there, but he's played 85 games in the National Hockey League in the last two years, so we felt it was an opportunity to grab a young defenseman."
Holland said he talked to Jensen's agent in the past two weeks about a possible extension, but the two sides didn't reach an agreement, and Holland said a number of teams showed interested in Jensen.