SHOULD THE SENATORS TRADE PAGEAU?
- Bob McKenzie reports the Ottawa Senators are keeping mum regarding Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s contract status.
- That’s understandable given their recent history with unrestricted free agents like Erik Karlsson, Matt Duchene, and Mark Stone.
- They have no intention of speaking publicly about this situation until the winger is re-signed or traded.
- Pageau, 27, is earning an annual average value of $3.1 million.
- Despite his strong start to this season (11 goals, 19 points in 20 games), McKenzie considers him to be a 10-20 goal, 30-40 point player.
- The market value suggests he’s worth between $3.65 and $4 million annually.
- McKenzie speculates Pageau could want over $4 million annually to remain with the rebuilding Senators.
- Ken Campbell from The Hockey News wonders if Pageau will want to stick with a rebuilding club or look at joining a possible Stanley Cup contender.
- His versatility and all-around skills would make him an attractive trade option for playoff contenders.
- If re-signing Pageau isn’t possible, Campbell advocated trading him while his trade value is at its highest.
- As Campbell points out, the young Senators would benefit by keeping Pageau in the fold.
- Nevertheless, they should explore the trade market to get the best possible return while his value is high if there’s no chance of re-signing him.
Sources & Credits: Bob Mckenzie, Ken Campbell, Spectors Hockey
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