Washington Capitals Acquire Nick Jensen from Detroit Red Wings

Just moments ago, it was confirmed by Darren Dreger of TSN, and officially announced by the General Manager Brian MacLellan, that the Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Nick Jensen (and a fifth round 2019 draft pick) from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Madison Bowey and a future second round draft pick in the 2020 Draft.

Continuing on their path of improving the teams’ defense, the Caps have scratched Bowey in previous games, and while it did not seem to be a pressing issue per head coach Todd Reirden to acquire another defenseman, this could be perhaps a Michal Kempny 2.0 situation. Acquired prior to the trade deadline last season, Kempny proved to be a spectacular addition to the team, and won the 2018 Stanley Cup Final with the Caps just a few months later.

Nick Jensen, drafted by the Red Wings 149th overall in 2009 played three seasons with the team, averaging just 14 points per season (NHL). However, under 24 hours ago, Jensen, despite his name swirling around the league, had stated that he hoped he would remain with the team that drafted him, rather than be traded (Kulfan). Despite spending significant time in the minor league prior to making his NHL debut in 2016, Jensen averages around 17 minutes of ice time per night, and adds speed to the defense of whomever he plays for. At 28 years old and 190 career starts with Detroit, Jensen is a mature blue liner with enough speed and physicality to bolster the Caps defense. In 60 games this season, he has registered 79 blocked shots and 61 hits, similar to veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik and Dmitry Orlov.

(Pictured: Detroit Red Wings defensemen Nick Jensen, recently traded to the Washington Capitals)(NHL.com)

Madison Bowey, having played two seasons with the Capitals, recently found himself listed under the ‘healthy scratches’ more often than not. Despite a +3 rating, and scoring the first goal of his career, Bowey has struggled to mesh with the team, and has become the topic of criticism involving the Capitals defense (HockeyReference). At just 23 years of age, Bowey could certainly develop into a strong blue liner in Detroit, and become a household name for the organization, just as former Capital Mike Green has done. On the other hand, should he not find his ground in the Motor City, he could prove to be an NHL bust, and find himself back in the American Hockey League.

(Pictured: Capitals Defenseman Madison Bowey, recently traded to the Detroit Red Wings)

With a few days left until the trade deadline, there is the potential for more movement of players, but the Washington Capitals are on the hunt.

Official Caps Press Release:

“Nick is a reliable modern-day defenseman who we feel can defend well and log valuable minutes for our club,” said MacLellan. “At 28 years of age, we feel he is just entering his prime.”

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 2:46minutes 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.

HockeyReference. (2019). Madison Bowey. Retrieved from https://www.hockey-reference.com/players/b/boweyma01.html.

Kulfan, T. (2019). Potential trade target Nick Jensen hopes to remain with Red Wings. Retrieved from https://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nhl/red-wings/2019/02/21/nhl-trade-target-nick-jensen-hopes-remain-detroit-red-wings/2938895002/

NHL.com. (2019). Nick Jensen. Retrieved from https://www.nhl.com/player/nick-jensen-8475324

Madison Bowey and Tyler Lewington Score First NHL Goals in Caps Win Over Sens

The Washington Capitals defeated the Ottawa Senators for the second consecutive Saturday 3-2 in Ottawa to win their fourth game in a row. This big road victory had a couple of milestones for two young defensemen Tyler Lewington and Madison Bowey. Each notched their first career NHL goals, the first time in Capitals franchise history that two defensemen scored their first NHL goals in the same game.  Continue reading “Madison Bowey and Tyler Lewington Score First NHL Goals in Caps Win Over Sens”

Nate Schmidt Makes His Old Team Pay, Caps Fall 5-3 to the Vegas Golden Knights

michael banner 2A Stanley Cup Finals rematch happened on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The Washington Capitals returned to the scene of the place where they captured their first Stanley Cup but the Vegas Golden Knights didn’t feel too well welcoming the Stanley Cup champs in their house. They got revenge in the rematch with a 5-3 win with the game-winning goal coming from….. Nate SchmidtContinue reading “Nate Schmidt Makes His Old Team Pay, Caps Fall 5-3 to the Vegas Golden Knights”

Caps Road Trip Roundup: Injuries, Controversy, and Intense Games

michael banner 2The Washington Capitals have recently concluded a four-game road trip with stops in Minnesota, Winnipeg, Colorado, and Montreal. FiCP takes a look at what was a roller-coaster type week.  Continue reading “Caps Road Trip Roundup: Injuries, Controversy, and Intense Games”

Caps Begin Four-Game Road Trip with 5-2 Win Over Wild in Tom Wilson’s Return

michael banner 2The Washington Capitals began their four-game road trip on the right note with a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. Tom Wilson scored and was penalized on the same play in his return to action. Andre Burakovsky, T.J. Oshie, and Dmitry Orlov (twice) also lit the lamp.  Continue reading “Caps Begin Four-Game Road Trip with 5-2 Win Over Wild in Tom Wilson’s Return”

Madison Bowey Ready For the Next Step?

Is Madison Bowey ready for a full-time job with the Washington Capitals? He is one of several young players from last season who the Caps are considering for a permanent roster spot in the 2018/19 season. At 23, the right-handed defenseman could bring the balance to the bottom defense pairs, depending on who Todd Reirden lines up as his partner. Continue reading “Madison Bowey Ready For the Next Step?”

Stanley Cup Road Trip to Canada

After a week in the United States, The Keeper of the Cup went north to Canada where people live, eat, and breathe hockey. The week saw players and staff alike continue the Capitals Summer Of Celebration as they shared the Stanley Cup among themselves. There were special family moments, moments of giving and caring, community sharing, and of course there were parties!!

Madison Bowey began the player’s tour on Saturday 28 July with his proud parents and extended family. He even loaded up on some of his grandmother’s borscht before meeting the excited fans. Bowey, who learned to play hockey in Manitoba, Winnipeg set the Cup up at the Varsity View Community Centre Sportsplex. He played with the Varsity View Falcons as a lad. He also visited the Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg, bringing smiles to young and old alike. He didn’t stop smiling the whole time!

There was a quick stop in Regina, Saskatchewan for Assistant General Manager Ross Mahoney and Darrell Baumgartner, one of the Capitals scouts, to share their day with the glimmering cup. The two are old friends from their days of coaching together in Saskatchewan. img_2370

On a bright morning in Saskatchewan, Braden Holtby met up with his folks at their farm before following the Cup to Lashburn and the CN Sportsplex where his dad took him to learn about hockey. It was a momentous day for the Holtby family and all their friends in the community. More about his day can be found in our article about Holtby, Home and Family.  

The next stop was in Southern Ontario with video coach, and sometime stand-in goalie, Brett “Stretch” Leonhardt. He posed for a picture in front of the Mitchell town sign which pays tribute to hockey legend Howie Morenz. Morenz played for the Montreal Canadiens and is considered one of the first stars of hockey. Leonhardt’s wife Logan shared some of the great moments of the day, including a special margarita filled cup drank by Brett’s grandpa. Stretch drove around New Hamburg Thursday, stopping in the rink where he learned to play in the crease. He did some fund raising for the minor hockey team in town through a lottery for a signed Alex Ovechkin jersey!

Next up was equipment coach Brock Myers in beautiful Chesley on 3 August. About 500 fans came out for their turn with the Stanley Cup at the Chesley Community Center. Mark Cowan of Blackstone Sports donated a new skate sharpener in honor of the day. Lines formed early but they all seemed to have made it through for photos. Did we mention there was ice cream in the cup???

The following day the Keeper of the Cup met goaltender coach Scott Murray in his hometown of St. Clements in Waterloo where Scott took the cup for a ride Clem-Style, visited the local butcher, and hung out with friends in the community. Stemler Meats provided a pig roast for the evening celebration and loaded up the cup with pepperette meat sticks to share.

Tom Wilson welcomed Lord Stanley home to Toronto. After some time at home with family and close friends, it was off to where he and his brothers first played hockey at the North Toronto Hockey Arena. His event helped to raise fund for the SickKids Foundation and he set aside some special time for one young man. After the visit to the rink, he and girlfriend Taylor Pischke hosted a robust party at home. Even teammate Devante Smith-Pelly was there, perhaps to sneak the big shiny guy out early for his day!!

Devante Smith-Pelly waited until Monday for his day at home in Scaroboroguh Ontario. Ok, we think he may have just snagged the cup from Tom’s party to take with him!! DSP spent time a the SickKids Hospital in Toronto before meeting up with fans patiently waiting in the pouring rain at the Black Dog Pub. They all powered through, as Devante is known to do and had a special day that brightened all their cold and wet spirits.

It was a great time in Canada and now the Shiny Dude crosses the ocean back to Europe. First stop Denmark!

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Madison Bowey’s New Capitals Contract

Defenseman Madison Bowey signed a new contract with the Washington Capitals Thursday for an average $1 million for two-years, according to the Capitals. The 23-year old Bowey was provided with a qualifying offer June 25. He became a restricted free agent with the expiration of his previous three-year entry level contract signed in April 2014.

Madison was back and forth this past season, playing for the Capitals and the Hershey Bears. He moved so much it was hard to keep track of which team he was playing with in the franchise. He played his first NHL game on October 14 to fill in for an injured Matt Niskanen. The management took a liking to Bowey during training camp; however, the blue line was pretty full and the Caps did not have a spot for him.

The Capitals played Madison in 51 games during the 2017/18 season, playing his first game October 14, 2017.  He recorded 12 points – all assists. Madison only played nine games for the Hershey Bears this past season because of his time in Washington. When home in Hershey he logged two goals and six assists. In the previous season (2016/17) he played 34 games with three goals and 11 assists. He had a very successful season in 2015/16 playing 70 games with four goals and 25 assists. He is the kind of offensive defenseman that the Capitals like and if he has an opportunity to develop consistency in his game, he could become the next John Carlson.

There is little doubt that Madison Bowey will be looking to secure one of the blue line spots this summer during training camp. He will have team mate Christian Djoos as close competition.

Read our Hershey Bear reports to meet other players.

Djoos

Bourque

Barber

Johansen

Boyd

Hobbs

Vrana

Copley

O’Brien

Caps Polls: The Sixth Defenseman

This past week, I ran a fan poll on Twitter asking who you think General Manager Brian MacLellan and newly appointed Head Coach Todd Reirden will pair with Christian Djoos on the third defensive pair. Here are the results:

Majority of voters chose Madison Bowey. He made his initial NHL appearance last season in 51 games and tallied up 12 assists from the blue line. A young, two-way defenseman with a lot of potential to grow in the league. He is my personal favorite.

Ranked second on the voting poll was the Unrestricted Free Agent option, which a lot of fans are hopeful for the return of Brooks Orpik. His performance in the post-season was detrimental and a huge contribution to the Caps success. I personally wouldn’t be opposed to bringing back the veteran blue-liner, but I feel the best course of action would be to start integrating the youth in that area.

Not too many fans of Aaron Ness on the voting poll, but 12% voted other. Talking to some Caps fans, some believe we could see the appearance of Connor Hobbs. Hobbs rattled the Hershey Bears fan base in his debut game with a huge hit Jeff Taylor of the Wilkes-Barrie/Scranton Penguins last year. Some say it was questionable, but for most it was a statement on what kind of game he brings. In his first season, he played 44 games and accrued 16 points (3 goals and 13 assists) from the blue line. A young, good sized defenseman at 6’1″ who isn’t afraid to throw the body around or the hands.

Keep an eye out for the next Twitter poll! Go Caps!