Several hockey clubs are looking to improve their back end, and the Pittsburgh Penguins could surely capitalize on that if they are to move quality defender Ian Cole, who has been a healthy scratch for the past three games.
According to NHL insider Bob Mckenzie, who joined OverDrive on TSN Radio 1050 Toronto on Tuesday, Cole could be a good fit with the Toronto Maple Leafs, who could help the Pens improve up front.
Based on what the Penguins are looking for, the Leafs would probably have to trade centre Tyler Bozak, who is also a pending free agent, in a deal for Cole.
GM Jim Rutherford has mentioned several times that the Pens are looking for a boost a centre, especially on the third-line as last year's hero Nick Bonino signed with the Nashville Predators.
The Pens tried to fill the void by acquiring Riley Sheahan from the Detroit Red Wings, but things have not been at their best.
Bozak, who has amassed four goals and 11 points in 26 games with the Leafs this season, could provide the boost the Pens desperately need on scoring depth.