When the New York Islanders sent three draft picks to the Ottawa Senators prior to the trade deadline in exchange for Jean-Gabriel Pageau, it initially seemed like a steep price for a pending unrestricted free agent.
However, several hours after the trade was finalized, the Islanders announced they had come to terms on a six-year contract extension with the centre.
The deal carries an average annual value of $5 million, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.
The Islanders sent a conditional 2020 first-round pick, which is top-three protected, plus a 2020 second-rounder to Ottawa for Pageau. They also tossed in a conditional 2022 third that Ottawa only receives if the Islanders win the Stanley Cup this season.
Pageau has a career-high 24 goals through 60 games, which is more goals than any Islanders player has so far this season. The 27-year-old’s strong two-way game and a 53.2 faceoff winning percentage should, in theory, fit nicely with this balanced Islanders roster.
Prior to Monday’s slate of games, the Isles sat one point back of the Philadelphia Flyers for third place in the Metropolitan Division.
Pageau had spent his entire 428-game NHL career with the Senators after being selected in the fourth round (96th overall) in 2011.