Islanders extend Pageau 6 years hours after trading for him
The latest on the NHL trade deadline (all times Eastern):
The New York Islanders didn't give up as many as three draft picks just to rent Jean-Gabriel Pageau for the rest of the season.
The Islanders signed the 27-year-old center to a six-year extension hours after acquiring him from the Ottawa Senators. Pageau is now under contract through the 2025-26 season.
New York trade conditional first- and third-round picks and a second to Ottawa for Pageau, who should help it improve on offense. The Islanders rank 22nd in the NHL in goals a game.
Locking him up long term means the Islanders could have Mathew Barzal, Brock Nelson and Pageau down the middle for years to come.
The Edmonton Oilers are trying to give Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl some help by acquiring winger Andreas Athanasiou from the Detroit Red Wings.
Edmonton is sending 2020 and 2021 second-round picks and forward Sam Gagner to Detroit for Athanansiou, who's a restricted free agent after this season. The Oilers also got winger Ryan Kuffner in the trade.
Oilers general manager Ken Holland had been with the Red Wings for several years and was part of the front office that drafted Athanasiou.
Edmonton on Sunday night acquired defenseman Mike Green in another trade with Detroit.
The Buffalo Sabres have acquired forward Wayne Simmonds from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a conditional 2021 fifth-round pick.
Simmonds is expected to remain with the Sabres for the duration of the season despite being in the final year of his contract.
Simmonds, 31, adds depth to Buffalo’s forward ranks. The Sabres have been looking for secondary scoring behind captain and leading scorer Jack Eichel.
Simmonds signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Devils last offseason. The Devils will retain 50 percent of Simmonds’ remaining salary.
A second-round pick of the Los Angeles Kings in 2007, Simmonds has spent most of his career with the Philadelphia Flyers (2011-19). He has 498 points (251 goals and 247 assists) in 902 career games.
Simmonds has had two 30-goal seasons, with a career-best 32 goals for Philadelphia in 2015-16. He has eight goals and 16 assists for the Devils this season.
The Sabres (29-25-8) are six points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for a playoff spot in the Atlantic Division. They have won five of their last six games.
AP Hockey Writer John Wawrow contributed.
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