The Pittsburgh Penguins sent forward Patric Hornqvist to the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Mike Matheson and forward Colton Sceviour on Thursday evening. The trade broke on Wednesday but took a day to process because the Penguins were trying to reach Hornqvist, who has a no-trade clause in his contract, to make sure he approved the move to Florida.
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Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has expressed interest in acquiring a defenseman after the team fell to the Montreal Canadiens in four games of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, where they allowed 10 goals. Matheson, 26, recorded eight goals, 20 points, a -1 rating, a 49.75% Corsi-for percentage, and a 45.6% expected goals-for percentage in 59 regular-season games in 2019-20.
In 299 career NHL games, the 23rd overall pick of the 2012 NHL Draft has posted 33 goals, 91 points, and a -30 rating. Matheson has never finished a year with a plus-minus rating above a -1 in each of his first four NHL seasons. He posted a -2 rating in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers and was scratched for half of the Panthers’ series vs. the New York Islanders.
Matheson, 26, has five years left on a contract that pays him $4.875 million per season.
He averaged 18:02 worth of ice-time per game this past season, including 1:13 on the penalty kill and 13 seconds on the power-play.
Sceviour, 31, tallied six goals, 16 points, a +2 rating, a 46.1% Corsi-for percentage, and a 48.02% expected goals-for percentage in 69 regular-season games and just a -1 rating in two Stanley Cup Qualifier games for the Panthers this past season. In 454 career NHL games with the Panthers and Dallas Stars, he has recorded 59 goals, 141 points, and a -8 rating.
Sceviour has one more year left on a contract that pays him $1.2 million per season before he can become an unrestricted free agent.
Sceviour averaged 13:15 per game this past season, including 2:30 while shorthanded.
Hornqvist, 33, recorded 17 goals, 32 points, a +9 rating, a 48.29% Corsi-for percentage, and a 52.42% goals-for percentage and has seen his point totals decrease in each of the past three seasons.
In 770 career NHL games with the Penguins and Nashville Predators, Hornqvist has posted 238 goals, 480 points, and a +86 rating. In addition, he has posted 25 goals, 46 points, and a -8 rating in 90 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, including nine goals and 13 points during the Penguins’ run to the Stanley Cup in 2016. He won back-to-back Cups with the Penguins.
Hornqvist recorded just two goals in the team’s four-game qualifying round loss to the Canadiens.
He averaged 15:56 worth of ice-time per game during the regular season, including 3:21 on the power-play (the third-highest on the Penguins). He recorded 25 power-play goals over two seasons from 2016-18 but has just nine in two seasons since.
Hornqvist has three years remaining on a contract that pays him $5.3 million per season and contains a full no-trade clause.
For the Penguins, they add some defensive depth with the acquisition of Matheson after they allowed an average of 2.84 goals-per-game, tied with the Carolina Hurricanes for 11th in the NHL, while their 82.1% penalty-killing percentage was tied for eighth. They also add some depth in their bottom-six scoring group after being held to only seven in four games during the qualifying round.
The Panthers add a net-front presence on the power-play after their 21.3% power-play efficiency was tied for 10th in the NHL with the Minnesota Wild and some more scoring depth after their 3.30 goals-per-game average was sixth.
By Harrison Brown