COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Ian Cole from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for center Nick Moutrey and a third round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. He was previously acquired by the Senators on Saturday in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Cole, 29, has registered 18 goals and 72 assists for 90 points with 332 penalty minutes and a +64 plus/minus rating in 385 career NHL games with the Penguins and St. Louis Blues. He has added 1-13-14 in 56 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests and helped the Penguins win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 2016 and 2017.
The Ann Arbor, Michigan native has posted 3-10-13 with 52 penalty minutes and a +3 plus/minus rating in 47 games with the Penguins this season. In 2016-17, he set career highs with 5-21-26, 72 penalty minutes and a +26 plus/minus rating in 81 games with Pittsburgh before collecting 0-9-9 in 25 playoff contests to help the club win its second-straight Stanley Cup. The 6-1, 219-pound defenseman registered 0-12-12 and 59 penalty minutes in 70 games with Pittsburgh in 2015-16 prior to adding 1-2-3 and 14 penalty minutes in 24 Stanley Cup contests.
"Ian Cole is a hard-working, competitive defenseman who we know very well having drafted him in St. Louis," said Kekalainen. "He is a very good defender and a two-time Stanley Cup champion who can bring a lot of intangibles to our group."
Cole was St. Louis' first round selection, 18th overall, in the 2007 NHL Draft. The blueliner registered 17-48-65 and 153 penalty minutes in 111 games at the University of Notre Dame from 2007-10 and was named a NCAA (West) First Team All-American in 2008-09 after notching 6-20-26, 58 penalty minutes and +15 in 38 games. He has represented the United States at various international tournaments, including the 2008 and 2009 IIHF World Junior Championships.
Moutrey, 22, has posted 17-17-34 and 99 penalty minutes in 136 career American Hockey League games with the Lake Erie/Cleveland Monsters from 2015-18, including 3-3-6 and 18 penalty minutes in 22 games this season. Columbus' fourth round pick, 105th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft, the Toronto, Ontario native tallied 58-98-156 and 226 penalty minutes in 261 career Ontario Hockey League games with the Saginaw Spirit and North Bay Battalion.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the Washington Capitals. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. All Blue Jackets games televised on FOX Sports Ohio will also be streamed live via FOX Sports GO. The game may also be heard on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, and online at BlueJackets.com.