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Hornqvist traded to Panthers by Penguins for Matheson, Sceviour

Patric Hornqvist was traded to the Florida Panthers by the Pittsburgh Penguins for Mike Matheson and Colton Sceviour on Thursday.

Hornqvist, a 33-year-old forward, scored 32 points (17 goals, 15 assists) in 52 regular-season games and two points (one goal, one assist) in four postseason games. He has three years left on a five-year, $26.5 million contract ($5.3 million average annual value) he signed with the Penguins on Feb. 27, 2018.

Selected by the Nashville Predators in the seventh round (No. 230) of the 2005 NHL Draft, Hornqvist has 480 points (238 goals, 242 assists) in 770 regular-season games with the Penguins and Predators and 46 points (25 goals, 21 assists) in 90 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Hornqvist won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2016 and 2017.

Matheson scored 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in 59 regular-season games for the Panthers and no points in two postseason games. The 26-year-old defenseman has six years remaining on an eight-year contract he signed with the Panthers on Oct. 9, 2017.

Selected by Florida in the first round (No. 23) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Matheson has 91 points (33 goals, 58 assists) in 299 regular-season games and one assist in seven playoff games.

Sceviour, a 31-year-old center, scored 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 69 regular-season games and no points in two postseason games. A fourth-round pick (No. 112) by the Dallas Stars in the 2007 NHL Draft, he has one season remaining on a three-year contract he signed with Florida on Feb. 12, 2018.

It is the first transaction for the Panthers under general manager Bill Zito, who was hired Sept. 2 after Dale Tallon left the organization Aug. 10 after 10 seasons. The Panthers, who lost to the New York Islanders in four games in the best-of-5 Stanley Cup Qualifiers, have not won a playoff series since 1996, when they advanced to the Stanley Cup Final before being swept by the Colorado Avalanche.

The Penguins, who lost their qualifier series to the Montreal Canadiens in four games, traded forward Nick Bjugstad to the Minnesota Wild on Sept. 12 for a conditional pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, and they acquired forward Kasperi Kapanen and a first-round pick (No. 15) in the 2020 NHL Draft in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Aug. 25.

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