Ian Cole has been a healthy scratch for the past three games because the Penguins are actively trying to trade him, multiple sources told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Monday. Cole has a salary-cap hit of $2.1 million this season. Expectations are that number will more than double on his next contract, meaning Cole will become too expensive for the Penguins. Moving him now would ensure they get something in return. While it’s unclear whether a move is imminent, the Penguins do want to ensure Cole — who blocked 194 shots in 2016-17 — stays healthy during the time where efforts to move him have been ramped up. Cole already missed three games earlier this season when a Roman Josi slap shot knocked out three of Cole’s teeth and required surgery to his jaw.
Sources: Penguins exploring trade involving Ian Cole
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Nov 28