It was reported on Monday that the Ottawa Senators and forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau have come to terms on a new deal ahead of his pending arbitration date with the club.
Per Cap Friendly, the deal will cost $3.1 million against the cap over each of the next three seasons, with a back-loaded payout rate that will see $2.6 million in salary the first season, $3.3 million the second, and $3.4 million in the third and final year.
Once the deal expires, Pageau will become an unrestricted free agent.
Drafted by his hometown Senators with the 96th overall pick in 2011, Pageau skated for the QMJHL’s Gatineau Olympiques and Chicoutimi Sagueneens before going pro in the 2012-13 season.
Since then, the 24-year-old forward has gone on to skate out in 251 career NHL games, all with the Senators, putting up 45 goals and 101 points in the process. He’s hit the 19-goal mark once, but never quite made it across the 20-goal threshold, and a disappointing 12 goals and 33 points in an 82-game campaign last year likely left the team wanting to keep things in the $3-million range.
For Ottawa, this is a huge step towards wrapping up their offseason to-do list. After getting backup goaltender Mike Condon under contract earlier in the summer, they now have just one skater – RFA Ryan Dzingel – left to ink to a new deal before everyone currently within their system is back on board for the coming year.