The Pittsburgh Penguins trade on Thursday shipped away part of their heart and soul on when GM Jim Rutherford dealt right-wing Patric Hornqvist to the Florida Panthers for 26-year-old defenseman Mike Matheson and fourth-line winger Colton Sceviour. Fan reaction to the Pittsburgh Hockey Now social media pages was swift, and the PHN grade was not high, either.
As part of his trade analysis, our Dan Kingerski reported the locker room was not thrilled with losing Hornqvist.
On Thursday evening after more than 24-hours of trade drama, which included one failed attempt to complete the trade, Rutherford and new Florida GM Bill Zito found a way for the deal to reach its conclusion.
Patric Hornqvist was the first player Rutherford acquired after taking over the Penguins in 2014, and Hornqvist helped the Penguins win back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017. The Swedish winger forever had bruises, cuts, and other visible injuries from his infamous net-front battles.
And, he was one of the Penguins’ emotional leaders. Kris Letang paid tribute via Instagram.
Also on Thursday, it appeared Hornqvist’s occasional Pittsburgh Penguins linemate Evgeni Malkin renewed acquaintances with his old friend, Alex Ovechkin at a party for Ovechkin’s 35th birthday.
Malkin’s wife, Anna Kasterova, posted a video of Malkin giving a speech. Based on the crowd reaction, it could have been a roast. However, Malkin spoke Russian, so we don’t know for sure.
If you happen to speak the Mother Land’s tongue, feel free to drop us a translation (especially if Malkin made fun of Ovechkin). Here is the Instagram story.
On Malkin’s Instagram feed, he posted a picture of the Great 8 and himself, having what seemed to be a good time at the party.
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The hashtag translated by Google Translate said: Be Good. Car. No, we don’t know that that means, either.