It wasn’t so long ago that Ian Cole seemed as good as gone from the Pittsburgh Penguins, with speculation that he could be dealt at any minute thanks to friction with head coach Mike Sullivan and a lack of role on the team. Now, according to Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Cole doesn’t seem as likely to move. Mackey writes in his latest 20 Penguins Thoughts column that he’s heard Cole is likely to stay in Pittsburgh through the deadline now, and it’s easy to see why. The 28-year-old defenseman has shown the very best of himself lately, recording six points in his last 10 games while helping the Penguins go 7-2-1 during that time. The club is closing the gap on the Metropolitan-leading Washington Capitals, and Cole is a huge part of the defensive effort. Obviously, none of this guarantees he’ll be with the Penguins come March 1.