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    Pittsburgh Penguins' Ian Cole Expected to pair with Kris Letang

    Cole is expected to skate with Kris Letang as part of the top defensive pairing for the Penguins, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.Cole collected a goal and eight points in 20 games after arriving from St. Louis in a deadline deal last spring. If he sticks with Letang then he might offer untapped value while supporting the line of Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel and Chris Kunitz.

  • Could surprise as a sleeper candidate for 2015-16

    News: Ian Cole has played fairly well during training camp and appears set to serve on the Pens' second defensive unit.
    Analysis: Pittsburgh's defensive corps has had more than its share of problems during the preseason but Ian Cole has performed as expected after signing a three-year deal in the summer. He's a fantasy sleeper who scored eight points in 20 games last year following a trade from St. Louis. Kris Letang, Olli Maatta and Derrick Pouliot are all likely ahead of Cole in the power-play pecking order, but Letang is prone to injury and Pouliot may not even make the team.
  • Pens Ink Cole To Three-Year Deal

    News: Ian Cole re-signed Monday with the Penguins to a three-year, $6.3 million contract, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
    Analysis: The Penguins' acquisition of Ian Cole on March 2 was one of quieter moves of trade deadline day, but it proved to be a vital one for Pittsburgh. With the team down several key defensemen due to injury late in the season, Cole came through in a big way, accruing seven points in a seven-game stretch from March 26 through April 7. The Pens' blue-line ranks should be healthier heading into 2015-16, but Cole likely solidified himself as a regular member of the team's second or third pairing due to his play.
  • Cole Assists On Pens' Lone Game 3 Goal

    News: Ian Cole set up the Penguins' only goal in Monday's Game 3 loss to the Rangers.
    Analysis: Injuries to Kris Letang, Olli Maatta, Christian Ehrhoff, and Derrick Pouliot have left Ian Cole as the Pens' top offensive threat from the blue line, and to his credit, he's been able to answer the bell thus far. Cole has recorded an assist in two straight games and has a goal and eight assists over his last 12 games, dating back to March 26.
  • Cole Keeps Getting It Done In Pittsburgh

    News: Ian Cole extended his assist streak to five games Tuesday night against the Senators.
    Analysis: The defenseman has a goal and six assists in his last seven contests. There's no reason to think he'll cool off, especially with Kris Letang and Christian Ehrhoff out of the lineup. The Pens used him on their top power-play unit after Derrick Pouliot left Tuesday's tilt, another sign of his increased role.
  • Pens' Cole Coming Out Of Nowhere

    News: Ian Cole tallied two assists against the Blue Jackets on Saturday, giving him five points (1G, 4A) in his last five games.
    Analysis: With Kris Letang (concussion) sidelined, Ian Cole represents Pittsburgh's best offensive threat from the blue line right now. He's worth a waiver grab over the last week of the regular season.
  • Pens' Cole Gets Assist Wednesday

    News: Ian Cole picked up an assist in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Flyers.
    Analysis: Ian Cole has recorded a point in three of his last four games with the Penguins, but it's probably not worthwhile to put much stock into that production. Prior to the minor spurt, Cole has supplied only four goals and six assists across 65 games, and didn't post especially notable numbers in the non-scoring categories to augment his fantasy value. He's best left sitting on the waiver wire.
  • Blues Deal Cole To Penguins

    News: Ian Cole was traded to the Penguins on Monday in exchange for defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and a 2016 seventh-round draft pick, Sportsnet's Mark Spector reports.
    Analysis: Ian Cole has functioned mostly as a third-pairing defenseman for the Blues all season, producing four goals, nine points, and a plus-16 rating over 54 games. A similar role likely awaits for him on the Penguins, where he'll likely rotate in and out of the lineup with the likes of Simon Despres and Robert Scuderi.
  • Blues' Cole To Play Saturday

    News: Ian Cole (upper body) will play Saturday against the Oilers, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
    Analysis: Ian Cole missed Thursday's game against the Jets while battling a minor injury that had plagued him over the last few days. It appears that the day out of the lineup was all Cole needed to heal up, so he'll draw back in for Chris Butler, who heads to the press box as a healthy scratch.
  • Blues' Cole Out Thursday

    News: Ian Cole (upper body) will not play Thursday against the Jets, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
    Analysis: Per the report, Ian Cole -- who has notched points in two of his last three games -- has been playing through a minor upper-body injury of late. Consider him day-to-day as Saturday's game against the Oilers approaches.