When the Islanders traded for JG Pageau, he was quick to agree to a new contract with the team accepting the first offer.
This year, Lou Lamoriello did not “stand pat” at the trade deadline. Instead, he offered up a first and second-round pick to Ottawa in exchange for JG Pageau. Shortly thereafter, Lamoriello signed Pageau to a new contract to remain with the Islanders.
Pager signed for six-year $30 million ($5 million AAV). Lou locked up the third line center long-term and it ended up being the first offer that Pageau received according to the French-Canadian Center.
On a podcast, he spoke upon the deal and how there were no negotiations. Lou and company clearly valued Pageau and they made it well known with the extension.
In 67 games between Ottawa and Long Island, he had 42 points (26 goals, 16 points) making him one of if not the most effective third-line centers in the game. JG took his game to the next level when the playoffs rolled around this year.
In 22 games he scored eight goals! In his career, he now has 20 goals in 57 playoff games. Talk about clutch performing.
While Pageau might not be a star, he is an integral part to any team and he does everything well. He’s good enough offensively, great defensively, can play on the penalty kill and on the power play and he’s excellent at taking faceoffs.
So while that $5 million AAV may seem a tad high, I don’t think it’s nearly as bad as what most people think it is. He’s going to lock down the Islanders middle six for the next six years, through his age 33 season.
Additionally, Pageau talked about the beauty of the fourth line. That line gives the team a ton of energy and he realizes how important they are. This leads me to assume that Matt Martin is going to be back on a cheap deal, as many of us expected to begin with.
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I’m excited to see who the Isles decide to put on the third line with him and how he fairs in his first season in blue and orange.