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Pierre Dorion had a busy morning.
Only hours before the NHL trade deadline at 3 p.m., the Ottawa Senators general manager sent centre Jean-Gabriel Pageau to the New York Islanders and Vladislav Namestnikov to the Colorado Avalanche.
The Senators received a first-round draft pick in 2020, a second in 2020 and a third in 2022 in exchange for Pageau from the Islanders. That’s a great return for the Senators because there was some belief they may not get a first round pick in return for Pageau. That first round pick in 2020 from the Isles is lottery protected, but if it moves to 2021 it will not be protected by the lottery.
In the afternoon, the Senators dealt Tyler Ennis to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2021.
As a result of the deal, the Senators now have three picks in the first round, four in the second and two in the third in 2020. The club can use the picks to select or pick up players in trades in the off-season.
A league executive told Postmedia Monday morning Dorion got a “great” return for Pageau. He has a career-high 24 goals and leads the Senators with 40 points this season, but the Senators determined that if they weren’t going to get him signed then it was best for both sides to move on.
Namestnikov brought back a fourth-round pick from the Avalanche. He had a quick chat with Colorado GM Joe Sakic after the deal was completed.
“I’ve been in the league for awhile and you think you have the chance to play in the playoffs every year and it’s not like that,” Namestnikov told TSN Monday morning. “I’m definitely excited to go a team that’s contending.”
He’s excited about the possibility of getting the chance to play with Nathan MacKinnon.
“He’s arguably the best player in the league. 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.
The Senators tried desperately to sign Pageau but he turned down a five-year deal from the club Sunday night and the decision was made to turn the page. It’s believed he wanted a five-year deal in excess of $5 million per-season and the Senators weren’t willing to go that route. Yes, he’s an important player for the franchise, but the club didn’t want to overpay because he’ll be the third-line centre down the road.
Pageau signed a six year, $30 million extension with the Islanders only hours after the deal was completed.
The Senators still have winger Tyler Ennis and goalie Craig Anderson on the table.
In a separate minor-league deal, the Senators sent their seventh-round pick in 2020 and Aaron Luchuk to the Montreal Canadiens for forward Matthew Peca. Ottawa needs forward depth to finish the season after moving Pageau and Namestnikov.
Peca was en route to Columbus Monday afternoon and is scheduled to be in the lineup as long as his travel is fine.
More to come.
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