Report: Penguins shopping Pierre-Olivier Joseph

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Pierre-Olivier Joseph is on the trade block.

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ron Hextall sent a note to all 31 other GMs last week that the 23-year-old defenseman is available via trade, according to Daily Faceoff's Frank Seravalli.

The Penguins have nine NHL-caliber blue-liners, including Joseph. Here's their depth chart:

LD RD
Brian Dumoulin Kris Letang
Marcus Pettersson Jeff Petry
Ty Smith Jan Rutta
P.O. Joseph Chad Ruhwedel
Mark Friedman

Barring a trade, the Pens could be at risk of losing one of their defensemen for nothing on waivers.

Joseph was selected 23rd overall by the Arizona Coyotes in the 2017 draft. He was traded to Pittsburgh in 2019 as part of the deal that sent Phil Kessel to the desert.

The 6-foot-2 rearguard has skated in 20 NHL games, recording a goal and four assists. He also added 33 points in 61 AHL contests last season.

The Laval, Quebec, product is the brother of Ottawa Senators winger Mathieu Joseph.

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