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Given they’re two Eastern Conference rivals that could face each other in the Stanley Cup playoffs, it would be surprising, but could the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins swing a trade prior to the February 26 NHL Trade Deadline?
Just prior to the Bruins’ 3-2 win over the Devils Tuesday, news came out of Pittsburgh, via Dan Kingerski of PGH Hockey Now that Bruins Assistant GM John Ferguson Jr. was scouting the Penguins-Hurricanes game in Pittsburgh. While it’s always notable when a team’s Assistant GM is scouting another game, Kingerski’s also said that the Bruins had scouts following the Penguins on their recent road trip out west.
This actually comes as no surprise here, considering a well-placed source told yours truly a few weeks back that Boston and Pittsburgh had discussed Pens defenseman Ian Cole who GM Jim Rutherford has long made clear is available for the right price. According to this source, the talks stalled when the Penguins asked about defenseman Kevan Miller as a return for Cole. Based on that, at that time at least, Rutherford was looking for a hockey swap as opposed to dumping a roster player for draft picks. None the less, this is at least worth following as the countdown to the deadline is kicking in.