The Pittsburgh Penguins are an organization that is seeking a third straight Stanley Cup.
A win-now organization, they could care less that they could lose Ian Cole for nothing at the end of the season.
Where the reporting on Cole in the past day has gotten mixed up was reports that the Penguins are driving the bus and have scratched him to protect the asset.
That is not the reality of the situation.
For starters, PIT will be looking for a healthy return on Cole, likely a quality centre. Not easy to come by. I don’t believe Cole is being scratched “to protect the asset for trade” as much as the coach doesn’t want to play him at a this time.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) November 28, 2017
What has played out is that after being a healthy scratch on Friday and Saturday vs Boston and Tampa Bay, Cole’s representatives on Sunday sought permission Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"