The Capitals acquired 28-year-old defenseman Nick Jensen in a trade with the Red Wings on Friday, and immediately inked him to a long-term extension.
Jensen signed a four-year, $10 million contract extension with the Caps – for an average annual value of $2.5 million – after arriving on an expiring deal.
"Nick is a reliable modern-day defenseman who we feel can defend well and log valuable minutes for our club," said Capitals GM Brian MacLellan upon announcing the trade, which sent 23-year-old Madison Bowey and a 2020 second-round pick to Detroit. "At 28 years of age, we feel he is just entering his prime."
Jensen played in 60 games for Detroit this season, registering 15 points (2 goals, 13 assists), which ties the highest point total of his career, set last season (15 assists). A fifth-round pick by Detroit in 2009, Jensen has 43 points (6 goals, 37 assists) in 190 career games.