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Report: Penguins to trade Patric Hornqvist to Florida for defenseman Mike Matheson “in progress”

Hornqvist heading out of Pittsburgh?

NHL: FEB 08 Penguins at Panthers Photo by Douglas Jones/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Penguins might be back at it with trades.

There’s a lot to unpack here. Matheson, a left hand shot defenseman and 26 years old, has six more seasons remaining on a $4,875,000 cap hit. His advanced metrics are not the greatest thing you’ve ever seen coming from a weak Florida Panthers team.

Matheson has a few nice aspects to his game, mainly his shot. Matheson scored eight goals in 59 games last season, and has scored an impressive 26 goals in the last three years.

Hornqvist also is in possession of a full no trade clause, so he gets to pick where he goes. A place like Miami is not a bad place to live, even if the on ice product hasn’t been very competitive.

In fact, that could be the delay in the announcement:

Hornqvist has three more years left with a $5.3 million cap hit. The Penguins have mentioned wanting to get younger and faster, and Hornqvist is one of their oldest players, and not exactly fleet of foot, though his intensity and passion has been a key part of the team for the better part of the decade.

It looks like that stint could be coming to an end.