Interest in defenseman Nick Jensen appears to be heating up, according to NHL Network analyst and former NHL GM Brian Lawton:
I am hearing interest is picking up for @DetroitRedWings right shot D & Impending UFA Nick Jensen. Current asking price is believed to be a 2nder+ with clubs offering a 3rd. Excellent puck mover that can really skate & defend would be a great add to any playoff team. @NHLNetwork— Brian Lawton (@brianlawton9) February 19, 2019
The 28-year-old blueliner has been one of the names swirling around trade rumors as the deadline is just days away. Jensen has posted 15 points in a bigger role with the Red Wings this season. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, he would come as a cost-effective defenseman for any team looking to make a push.
The asking price of a 2nd round pick is right on the nose. If you recall, the Red Wings traded defenseman Brendan Smith, who was 28 years old at the time, to the New York Rangers for a 2nd round pick in the 2018 Draft. If there is pushback from GMs on ponying up a 2nd round selection for Jensen, Ken Holland would be wise to look to the 2020 2nd round pick as a compromise.
The NHL Trade Deadline is 3pm on Monday, February 25th.