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Senators reach 3-year, $9.3M deal with Pageau

From ESPN - July 17, 2017

OTTAWA, Ontario -- The Ottawa Senators avoided arbitration with restricted free-agent forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau on Monday by agreeing to terms on a $9.3 million, three-year contract.

The 24-year-old center will earn $2.6 million next season, $3.3 million in 2018-19 and $3.4 million in 2019-20.

Pageau had eight playoff goals last spring as the Senators reached the Eastern Conference finals. He had 12 goals and 21 assists in 82 regular-season games.

"As an organization, we are thrilled that we got this contract done," Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said.

"Arbitration is definitely a path we did not want to go down with Jean-Gabriel, especially the way he's performed over the course of the last few seasons. He showed that he was definitely deserving of this contract.

"Any player that has a history of raising his game, whether it was in junior playoffs or [AHL] playoffs or NHL playoffs, I think you have to give credit for what he's accomplished. We are really happy to have him on board for the next three years."

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