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Report: Florida Panthers trade of defenseman Mike Matheson to Pittsburgh for Patric Hornqvist “in progress”

Bill Zito on the verge of a major move

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Former Florida Panthers goaltender Kevin Weekes lifted the hopes of many a Panthers fan when he tweeted the following at 11:17 a.m. this morning.

Patric Hornqvist, 33, has three years left to go on his current deal, which carries a $5.3 million cap hit. Mike Matheson, who was removed from the lineup after two dreadful qualifying round games against the New York Islanders, has an unpalatable six years remaining on his contract that comes with a $4.875 million AAV.

Hopes were high and then this happened...

Not sure what the hang up is, but this just turned up on twitter, so the “glitch” could be a rather simple one.

While Hornqvist is six years older than Matheson he is still a useful NHLer, who put up 17 goals and 32 points in 52 games last season. Matheson, on the other hand, is a player who has regressed and looks more suited to playing in the AHL right now so this would be a huge win for new Florida GM Bill Zito.

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