Sportsnet hockey insider Sonny Sachdeva suggested five potential trade partners for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and one of them is pretty interesting, considering the needs both Pittsburgh and Toronto have.
Sachdeva reports that Toronto and Pittsburgh could work on a deal that would involve forward Tyler Bozak for a package of defenseman Ian Cole and forward Carl Hagelin. This would be a classic need-for-need trade.
Bozak, signed as an undrafted free agent by the Maple Leafs in 2009, played 546 games in the NHL so far, registering 336 points. He added six points in 11 playoff games. So far this season, the Regina, Saskatchewan has 14 points in 33 games played.
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.
Hagelin, 29, was drafted 168th overall by the New York Rangers in 2007. He played 440 games in the NHL with the Rangers, the Anaheim Ducks and the Penguins, registering 197 points. He added 44 points in 112 playoff games.
The Penguins are currently sixth in the Metropolitan division with a record of 17-14-3, and the Maple Leafs (20-13-1) are second in the Atlantic division.