Penguins trade Bortuzzo to Blues for Cole

The Penguins have acquired Ian Cole from the Blues to add depth to their blue line, sending Robert Bortuzzo and draft picks to St. Louis.

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired defenceman Ian Cole from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for defenceman Robert Bortuzzo and a seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

The 26-year-old Cole has four goals and five assists in 54 games for the Blues this season. Cole’s plus-16 plus/minus ratio ranked third on the team at the time of the trade. The Penguins have been looking to add a skilled defenceman as they gear up for another post-season run.

Bortuzzo has two goals and four assists in 38 games with Pittsburgh. The 6-foot-4 Bortuzzo is a physical presence along the blue line. His 68 penalty minutes ranked second on the Penguins.

The trade is the second in less than a week for Pittsburgh. The Penguins picked up forward Daniel Winnik from Toronto last Wednesday.

Acquire:
  • Ian Cole
Acquire:
  • Robert Bortuzzo
  • 7th-round pick (2016)
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