The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired defenseman Ian Cole from the St. Louis Blues on Monday for defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and a seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.
Cole, the 18th pick in the 2007 NHL Draft by the Blues, has four goals, nine points and a plus-16 rating in 54 games this season. He has nine goals, 31 points and is plus-40 in 167 regular-season games over parts of five seasons.
"You're always hoping for more, but you look at St. Louis' defense and that's a very experienced, almost star-studded defense. So, you can understand why sometimes he may be in and out of the lineup," Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said. "He brings good depth to our blue line. He's had a very good year this year and we hope that continues here."
Bortuzzo has two goals, six points and 68 penalty minutes in 38 games this season. A third-round pick (No. 78) of the Penguins in the 2007 NHL Draft, he has four goals, 20 points and 171 penalty minutes in 113 games over parts of four seasons.
"Bortuzzo is another right shot guy that brings us a physical element on the back end," St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong told the Blues website. "Ian was a great pro here. This was a win-win for all the parties involved."