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February 5, 2016 | 10:57am ET
Penguins eyeing defensive defenseman?
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Penguins don't necessarily have to make another trade by the Feb. 29 trade deadline, but the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review suggests adding a stay-at-home defenseman wouldn't hurt.

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has been active this season, trying to retool his club and help get stars Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang rolling.

The Penguins have played significantly better of late and are charging in the second-half of the season.

The Tribune-Review hints the team could go after a defensive-minded blueliner, but they could stand pat and allow a youngster like Derrick Pouliot to claim a full-time spot on the roster.

Several teams have defensemen available for trade, as the deadline quickly approaches, but it's unclear if any catch Penguins GM Jim Rutherford's eye.

Toronto Maple Leafs blueliner Roman Polak is available, as is Columbus Blue Jackets rearguard Fedor Tyutin, but it's unclear if either are a fit.

The Vancouver Canucks are expected to take calls on veteran Dan Hamhuis, who is recovering from a concussion and facial surgery, though his salary cap hit might be an issue for Pittsburgh.


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