Breaking: Penguins looking hard at rival team's centreman, expected to make trade before deadline

It's about time Pittsburgh makes a deal.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have turned things around lately, finding themselves in a wildcard position after sitting on the outside for a decent period of time.

Their hold on the position is precarious, as they hold only a point over their division rivals, with extra games played. The plan for general manager Jim Rutherford has not swayed in the slightest, but the team's success as of late has enabled him to be a little more patient.

That being said, their need, as it's been documented over the last several weeks, is first and foremost a third line centre. A guy who can produce, and play with speed.

According to Chris Johnston and Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, the answer is Jean-Gabriel Pageau of the Ottawa Senators.

Johnston revealed on Saturday night that Pageau has garnered the most significant interest across the National Hockey League, with Friedman adding that Pittsburgh is "looking hard" at how they can pry him out of Ottawa's hands.

Johnston also revealed that they've received a trade offer, but they are not ready to accept.

Pageau's best season was in 2015-16, when he accumulated 19 goals and 43 total points. His production dipped in 2016-17, putting up 33 points, but his 8 goals in 19 playoff games were a significant reason why the Senators nearly dethroned the very same Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals. That series went to game 7 overtime - they were that close.

The rest was history.

Rutherford has seen first hand the kind of impact Pageau can have on different facets of the game, and will likely do everything to outbid his opponents for the diminutive forward's services.

Just check out this playoff game against the New York Rangers when he scored a whopping 4 goals.

We expected a trade to happen already, so it's hard to put a finger on when this will happen, if at all, but Rutherford has a reputation for making his deals in January. There's still a week and change left - so we could very well see something happen much sooner than later.