NOVEMBER 27, 2017 | 7:55pm ET



Ian Cole, defenceman


Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford isn't afraid to make moves early on in the regular-season and it sounds like he's going to continue that trend this season.

Citing "multiple sources," Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Penguins are "actively trying to trade" defenseman Ian Cole, whom the team has scratched from the lineup the past three games in anticipation of a move.

Cole, 28, is in the final year of his contract, which comes with a $2.1 million salary cap hit. 

"Any time as a hockey player you're not playing, it's tough," Cole told the Post-Gazette earlier today. "It's disappointing, annoying, (ticks) you off, aggravating, whatever word you want to use to describe it. Maybe it's all of the above. It's one of those things where you want to try and get in as soon as possible, however that works out."

According to Mackey, who notes it's unclear if a trade is imminent, the belief is Cole will "more than double" his salary on his next deal, which is a main reason why the Penguins are looking to move him out now.

Several teams are believed to be interested in Cole, who does not own any no-trade protection in his contract.

The Penguins are in the market for depth scoring and could move Cole as part of a trade for help in their bottom-six.