The deal is done. The New York Islanders have acquired Jean-Gabriel Pageau from the Ottawa Senators in the opening hours of the trade deadline.
The price for Pageau was always going to be high considering he was the top center available at the deadline and he was having a career year for the bottom-dwelling Ottawa Senators.
But Lou went out and paid, a premium to get a player that fits a need for the Islanders.
To get Pageau from the Ottawa Senators, the Isles gave up a conditional first-round pick in 2020, a second-round pick in 2020, and a conditional third-round pick in 2022.
The 2020 first-round pick becomes a 2021 first-round pick if the Islanders first-rounder falls in the top three. The 2022 third-round pick goes to the Ottawa Senators if the Islanders win the Stanley Cup.
This is a good trade for both teams.
The Isles get a third-line center that can kill penalties better than just about anyone in the NHL and Pageau can score goals. Bringing in Pageau can also balance out the lineup (assuming everyone is healthy.)
Moving Brassard up to play with Anthony Beauvillier and Brock Nelson full-time should bring out the best of the veteran and give the islanders four lines that they can roll out with near-identical ice-time.
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Say what you will about the value of the Isles draft picks, but they are expendable to the overall goal of the team. This was a good trade for the Isles.