The Islanders have made a big move before the NHL trade deadline, as they have struck a trade with the Senators for C Jean Gabriel Pageau, per multiple reports.
In exchange, TSN's Bruce Garrioch has New York sending a first- and second-round pick in 2020 and a third-rounder in 2022.
Trading for Pageau with his contract expiring at the end of the season sees like a risk, especially giving away three draft picks. However, Sirius XM NHL's Pavid Pagnotta is hearing team president Lou Lamoriello & Co. are already finalizing an extension with the 27-year-old.
Lamoriello has an "all-in" mentality with his current roster that can compete for a Stanley Cup title come April. Being able to keep that roster in tact with a surplus of draft picks to spend fits that narrative perfectly with this deal.
It's a big move for the Islanders, who are adding an offensive force to their playoff-contending roster. Pageau is having a career year with the Senators, totaling 40 points (24 goals, 16 assists) over 60 games. The most points he's had in his career was 43 over 82 games back during the 2015-16 season.
The Islanders are the top Wild Card seed in the Eastern Conference right now, but with 76 points compared to the Flyers' 77 points, they're gunning for a regular Metropolitan playoff berth. Adding a player like Pageau could do just that.