Blues trade Ian Cole to Penguins for Bortuzzo, draft pick

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired defenseman Ian Cole from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and a seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

The 26-year-old Cole has four goals and five assists in 54 games for the Blues this season. Cole’s plus-16 plus/minus ratio ranked third on the team at the time of the trade. The Penguins have been looking to add a skilled defenseman as they gear up for another postseason run.

Bortuzzo has two goals and four assists in 38 games with Pittsburgh. The 6-foot-4 Bortuzzo is a physical presence along the blue line. His 68 penalty minutes ranked second on the Penguins.

The trade is the second in less than a week for Pittsburgh. The Penguins picked up forward Daniel Winnik from Toronto last Wednesday.

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