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What they’re saying: Penguins trade Patric Hornqvist to Florida

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The internet’s instant reaction to today’s trade where Pittsburgh sent Patric Hornqvist to Florida for Mike Matheson and Colton Sceviour

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After news broke and then stalled on Wednesday, the Penguins were able to complete a rumored deal on Thursday afternoon. They sent away two-time Stanley Cup champion Patric Hornqvist, a hard-working forward whose intensity and style helped revamp and inject energy into the team for the last six years to the Florida Panthers.

In return, Pittsburgh receives defenseman Mike Matheson and forward Colton Sceviour.

As always, there were instant reactions to the finalization of news that had been simmering for over 24 hours.

Charts N’at

That last chart, you can’t help but notice the line is going straight down. Did the Pens project Hornqvist (34 in a few months) was dropping off too quickly? Could be a consideration. Hornqvist is probably a player that an NHL team has to trade one year too early, wait until he falls off the cliff to try and trade him one year too late and that could mean being stuck with his contract.

With that said, Matheson’s contracts is one of the worst values of the league. Which is pretty ironic since Hornqvist has long provided such great value for his salary, and now the Pens have replaced that with the opposite end of the spectrum.

Finally, I would advise to check Madden’s comments above too. This transaction right now isn’t going to be in a bubble. The Pens have too much salary and too many players on the left side. Something else is going to happen to re-shape the team in the coming days and weeks. Will that be ending our long national nightmare and dropping Jack Johnson? Trading Marcus Pettersson for a high-impact forward?

Impossible to say right now, but the Pens are clearly only at the start of their journey. Changes were promised, and changes are here.

The addition of Sceviour could influence the bottom six as well. Do the Pens give him a shot, or was his inclusion in this trade purely to let the Panthers dump another salary? If Pittsburgh has Sceviour in their plans, that means one less spot in the lineup for lower-end wingers like Zach Aston-Reese and Dominik Simon.

No matter what happens left, the Pens aimed to get younger and faster for next season. By dumping Hornqvist, one of their oldest and slowest skaters, they’re on path to do that, especially considering they’ve dropped the plodding Nick Bjugstad and picked up the speedy Kasperi Kapanen already this off-season.

And the Stanley Cup Final hasn’t even ended yet. The roster changes could be more towards the beginning than the end at this point, especially with how the left handed defensemen are stacked up on the roster.