NOVEMBER 29, 2017 | 10:59am ET
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PENGUINS SEARCHING FOR BACKUP GOALIE

 
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Jim Rutherford, Pittsburgh Penguins GM

 
 

The Pittsburgh Penguins made headlines earlier this week when news came out over the team's attempts to trade defenseman Ian Cole, presumably in search of a third-line center.

But moving Cole for help up front isn't the team's only need, as GM Jim Rutherford is in the market for a backup goaltender following starter Matt Murray's injury, deemed week-to-week.

During Tuesday night's "Insider Trading" segment on TSN, TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie reported the Penguins could pursue a goalie like Calgary's Eddie Lack or Ottawa's Andrew Hammond, both of whom are now in the AHL.

The Buffalo Sabres have generated some interest in both of their goalies, Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson, though Johnson can become an unrestricted free agent next summer, while Lehner has restricted free agent status and is not likely an option for the Penguins.

Meanwhile, Rutherford refused to confirm whether or not the team is shopping Cole, though multiple media outlets have reported it as fact. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first reported the news.

McKenzie noted on Tuesday night the Penguins will only move Cole if a "prime asset" is coming back their way, adding Cole has fallen out of favor with head coach Mike Sullivan and that's one of the main reasons the team has made him available.

According to the Post-Gazette's Jason Mackey, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights are among the teams interested in Cole.

Cole's agent, Kevin Magnuson, was granted permission to speak with other teams about his client's availability, which could lead to a contract extension, as Cole can become an unrestricted free agent next July.