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A potential deal between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers involving winger Patric Hornqvist and defenseman Mike Matheson hit a snag after word of a trade was leaked by former NHL player Kevin Weekes, now with the NHL Network.

What’s at play here is that this trade scenario was wrongly proclaimed by Weekes as being a done deal and multiple sources say the two teams were least a few days away from being able to see if this trade scenario was going to get across the finished line, multiple sources say.

An accurate portrayal was the two sides being in serious discussions, not a trade being agreed too (yet). It never got that close to completion before the news came out.

The insurance issues of Hornqvist’s contract are well documented as being something that hadn’t been worked yet and is an issue for some teams considering Hornqvist due to his concussion history, but there were much more layers to this and word around the league this morning is that the deal falling through for now is more on Pittsburgh’s end than Florida not willing to roll the dice (insurance reasons) on bringing Hornqvist on board as head coach Joel Quenneville and senior adviser Paul Fenton have been estatic about the possibility of adding Hornqvist, sources say.

Among the factors league sources say:

1. Pittsburgh didn’t even get to the point yet where approval was given by D Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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