Published: Thu, February 27, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Senators deal Pageau to Islanders, Namestnikov to Avalanche for picks

Senators deal Pageau to Islanders, Namestnikov to Avalanche for picks

In the nation's capital, the Ottawa Senators were at the opposite end of the spectrum for the second consecutive year with a trio of trades - including one that saw popular homegrown talent Jean-Gabriel Pageau sent packing as that franchise's rebuild continues. "It's my first time going through something like this". "Over the last few years, they have added speed and skill, but even their skilled guys are hard to play against and play with that snarl and I think that is something that you always think about when you play against the Flyers".

He was Tampa Bay's first-round pick (No. 27) in 2011 and had 44 points (20 goals, 24 assists) in 62 games in 2017-18 before he was traded to the Rangers with a first-round pick and two prospects for defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller. The Senators felt the two sides were closing in on a deal Sunday but he rejected the club's final offer of a five-year deal. If we couldn't get him signed, we needed a fair return, but we know we have the move on from a Jean-Gabriel Pageau, as painful as it might be. Pierre Dorion was predictably busy on deadline day, pulling off four more trades and acquiring a handful of draft picks in the process. The first-round pick is top-three protected while the third-rounder will only be conveyed if the Islanders win the Stanley Cup this season. There are conditions attached but that's a high return for a UFA.

The Vancouver Canucks, meanwhile, acquired goalie Louis Domingue from New Jersey for a conditional seventh-rounder in 2021 in a depth move with starter Jacob Markstrom out with a lower-body injury.

Talks really heated up on the weekend and Pageau admitted the process hard. Pageau then quickly agreed to a six-year deal with the Islanders at $5 million per season. "I'm thankful for everything that Ottawa gave me".

"I couldn't be more grateful but right now I'm turning the page and I'm ready to face some new challenges with a great team and a great organization". It was a long-awaited move, but recently there was talk that Pageau can remain a senator. "It was just something I had never been through so I didn't know what to expect". It was stressful and I'm glad it's over now and I can focus on the goal, which is winning, that's my main focus.

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He'll be reunited with former Senators' centre Derrick Brassard and will get the chance to get into the playoffs this spring. "There's a lot of other talent there, it's a good team and I'm happy to be a part of it", said Namestnikov.

It was the Islanders' second trade in just over a week as the team hits the home stretch of the season. "I'm definitely excited to go a team that's contending".

Before the NHL's 3 p.m. ET trade deadline Monday, the rebuilding Senators dealt Pageau to the New York Islanders.

"I hope so. I would love too", Pageau said. "For sure I'm excited that it's next week". His availability will be contingent on whether or not a work visa is completed in time. Ottawa was expected to start the game short two forwards. "That's my main focus".

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