Sportsnet hockey insider Sonny Sachdeva suggested five potential trade partners for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and one of them is pretty interesting, considering the need Pittsburgh have at the center position.
Sachdeva reports that the Vegas Golden Knights are one of the team that have inquired about defenseman Ian Cole, and points out that center Cody Eakin could be offered to general manager Jim Rutherford for the 28-year old defenseman.
Cole, drafted 18th overall by the St.Louis Blues in 2007, played 366 games in the NHL with the Blues and the Penguins, registering 82 points. He added 14 points in 53 playoff games. So far this season, the Ann Arbor, Michigan native produced five points in 28 games, and has a defensive differential of minus five.
Eakin, 26, was drafted 85th overall by the Washington Capitals in 2009. He played 410 games in the NHL with the Capitals, the Dallas Stars and the Golden Knights, registering 168 points, and added 13 points in 19 playoff games.
The Penguins are currently sixth in the Metropolitan division with a record of 17-14-3, while the Golden Knights are second in the Pacific division in their first season, with a surprising record of 20-9-2.
What do you think? Would you make that trade?