Breaking: Penguins star to be traded this week

Talks heated up significantly - a trade is on hold until roster freeze lifts.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have been at the centre of the trade universe for weeks now, and that only picked up more steam when general manager Jim Rutherford stated he was prepared to make a major trade to shake things up.

The team has played more than any other in the National Hockey League over the last two years, making two complete Stanley Cup playoff runs. They are in need of some fresh legs, and Rutherford appears poised to acquire a major piece.

It was reported on Sunday that the Penguins have a trade on the table, but it was put on hold due to the holiday roster freeze which took effect Tuesday at midnight and doesn't lift until the 27th at 12:01am.

This tweet itself confirms that there is a trade going down - but we're left to fill in the blanks. And it isn't too difficult to figure out.

The name that's been circulating the most is Ian Cole - the acquisition of Jamie Oleksiak on the back end was seen as a potential replacement for the rugged defenseman, as he has been on the outs with head coach Mike Sullivan for awhile now.

However, it's also possible that Kris Letang is the big name leaving town. Nick Kypreos spoke about the possibility on Saturday night - saying that "one name that I do hear out there that is being bantered about is Kris Letang."

Elliotte Friedman echoed that declaration by saying that the price tag looks to be two forwards - a centre and a winger. Kypreos believes that Rutherford would love to shed his salary - and since they won the cup without him in 2017, they could afford to let him go for reinforcements up front.

Other names that could very well be on the block and involved in this trade are Conor Sheary, Carl Hagelin and just about any of the other bottom six forwards.