He was one of the first names to move on NHL Trade Deadline day and it appears the New York Islanders were willing to pay a hefty price for Jean-Gabriel Pageau because they had no intention of letting him leave.
A pending unrestricted free agent, part of the reason the Senators were rumored to move him all season was because he was having a career year and likely wasn’t going to stay. Word came down late, just before he was moved that Pageau and the Senators were talking about an extension. There was even news he might finish the season with the Islanders and think about rejoining the Sens.
Instead, Pageau has signed a six-year extension with the Islanders.
This season, Pageau has already recorded career highs in goals (24), power-play points (nine) and game-winning goals (five). He has a total of 40 points (24 goals and 16 assists) in 60 games this season with a plus 10 rating.
He’s a strong faceoff player with an over 50% average over the past five seasons on faceoffs in each of the past five seasons and has a 52.2% career average. Lamoriello called Pageau a “complete player” and was excited to get him signed in his prime. He must have believed Pageau could keep up his production because the deal was for $5 million per season. The GM said he expects Pageau will keep a consistent spot in his top-nine.
Pageau has serious skill and was bound to be paid well by any team that picked him up during the summer. Some will argue that the Islanders have overpaid a little here. We’ll have to see if that turns out to be true or if the Islanders wound up getting a good deal.
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