The Pittsburgh Penguins are in a tricky situation. With Chad Ruhwedel and Brian Dumoulin injured, they find themselves short of regular defensemen, using the likes of Frank Corrado to fill in the gaps.
Kris Letang and Justin Schultz recently came off injury, thankfully. However, the slew of injuries has made Ian Cole much less expendable for Jim Rutherford, playing a part in why he has yet to make any deals. As we outlined in a previous post, though, there's more to that.
Irregardless of that, Cole has proven himself useful and important to the team, and may not be traded this season, as losing him now could jeopardize the team's chances at a threepeat.
In his stead, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes another name will be dangled, if he isn't already.
"Yeah, I think if the Penguins got something they liked, they could move (Matt Hunwick). He can't play the right side, simple as that. With (Dumoulin) and (Maatta), there's only one job open there, and that probably means you have to scratch Cole. If both are healthy, right now, I'm taking Cole 100 times out of 100."
Dumoulin's concussion halts any plan of trading Hunwick, as a spot has opened up on the left. But with Hunwick's usage limited, and being an occasional healthy scratch, there's good reason to believe that he will be trade fodder in February.
One thing is for sure - Rutherford has a lot of weapons in his arsenal, and it'll be quite exciting to see how he employs them.