Penguins complete deal with Panthers

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers have worked through some complications in completing the Patric Hornqvist trade, the team officially announced. In the deal, the Penguins have acquired defenseman Mike Matheson and forward Colton Sceviour from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Patric Hornqvist.

Matheson carries a big term, signed through the 2025-26 season and with an AAV of $4.875 million. Sceviour’s deal runs through the 2020-21 campaign and carries an AAV of $1.2 million.

Rutherford in a statement called it a difficult decision to trade Hornqvist.

“First, this was a difficult decision to say goodbye to a terrific person and player in Patric,” said Rutherford. “He was a huge part of our success over the last six seasons, including back-to-back Stanley Cup championships, and we wish him nothing but the best.”

On Mike Matheson, Rutherford says “Mike is a young, skilled defenseman with great offensive instincts who plays with speed and has a good shot, while Colton is a solid veteran player who has a lot of experience on the penalty kill.”

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