One of the biggest moves ahead of the NHL's 2020 trade deadline on Monday was the Islanders' deal for forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau.
The Isles bolstered their offense with the Senators scorer, sending a first-round and second-round pick at the 2020 NHL Draft for Pageau. A third-round pick in 2022 also went the Sens way.
Based on the price tag, the 27-year-old was going to need an extension from his new team as his contract was set to expire following the season. He got one from the Islanders shortly after the 3 p.m. deadline passed.
The Islanders announced that Pageau inked a six-year extension. The deal is worth $30 million, an average of near $5 million per season. It also includes a no-trade clause over the next two seasons.
Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello said Pageau was too good of a player to pass up ahead of a potential championship run in the playoffs.
"When you're looking at a center, you try and get a complete player that can play in all situations, and certainly this young man fit the bill," Lamoriello told reporters after the deadline.
Via the trade, Pageau goes from a non-playoff to playoff-bound team. Naturally that got him pumped up.
"I couldn't be more excited just to go on a team that's going to be competing every year for a playoff [berth] or for a championship," Pageau said. "I couldn't be more excited as a player. That's what we play for, that's what drives us. That's why I'm excited to go and play for them."
With 24 goals, Pageau will enter the Islanders lineup as their leading scorer. In total, he has 40 points this season. On Pageau will make his Isles debut on Tuesday against the Rangers. With 76 points, the Islanders currently hold the first Wild Card in the Eastern Conference.