Nicklas Jensen, who spent last season in the KHL with Jokerit, reportedly turned down the opportunity to return to the Rangers. (TV2 DK)
The Rangers acquired Jensen for Emerson Etem and retained his rights as an RFA when Jensen decided to join Jokerit.
Jensen said that the Rangers wanted to bring him back for this season but noted that, to him, it "didn't make sense." (TV2 DK)
He said that there is no guarantee he would make the Rangers and that, at 25, he has already shown what kind of player he can be in the AHL. (TV2 DK)
Jensen said that he hopes that a strong season with Jokerit could maybe "turn heads" and help him return to the NHL. (TV2 DK)
He said that it's good for his development to play with Jokerit and that he wants to score "a lot of goals." (TV2 DK)
Jensen played seven games for the Rangers in 2016-17 with 8 shots on goal, a minus two rating, 18 shot attempts and an average of 9:13 per game.
Adam Rotter: The Rangers hold the rights to Jensen "indefinitely" so unless they trade him, he will only return to the NHL with them. Had he decided to return to North America he would have certainly been in position to compete for a roster spot along with all of the other young players the Rangers are bringing to camp. The Rangers would not guarantee him a roster spot but they could give him a one-way contract that would pay him the same in the NHL as he would get in the AHL.