January 21, 2018 | 11:40am ET
PENGUINS SHOWING INTEREST IN PAGEAU?
J.G. Pageau, centre
The Pittsburgh Penguins are scouring the League, looking for moves to make that will propel them into the playoffs and help defend their back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.
Penguins GM Jim Rutherford is believed to be looking for a veteran defenceman to add to his roster, but he’s already been exploring the market for added depth up front.
During Saturday night’s “Headlines” segment on Hockey Night in Canada, Elliotte Friedman reported the Penguins are “looking hard” at Ottawa Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau.
Pageau, 25, has two-years left on his contract after this season and comes with a $3.1 million salary cap hit.
He, along with teammates Mike Hoffman, Johnny Oduya and Zack Smith have been bandied about the trade rumour mill, as several teams attempt to poach players off the Senators due to then less-than-impressive season.
It was reported during the “Headlines” segment that at least one team has formally put in a trade offer for Pageau, but it was not accept. It’s unknown if that team was Pittsburgh.
Pageau, who is currently injured, has six goals and nine assists for 15 points in 42 games with the Senators so far this season.