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Former Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist made a strong public statement on Friday. The winger hinted at his hurt and to being offended when the Penguins traded him to the Florida Panthers for defenseman Mike Matheson and fourth-line winger Colton Sceviour. Hornqvist had a no-trade clause but waived it after much consideration.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now confirmed the photo below does appear to be Hornqvist’s home near the Penguins practice facility in Cranberry Township.

UPDATE: A source from the Penguins expressed to PHN that Hornqvist has been skating for several days in Pittsburgh, and drying his equipment is a plausible explanation.

 

Hornqvist played for the Penguins for six seasons, won two Stanley Cups, and was a popular figure in the Penguins locker room. Pittsburgh Hockey Now reported Hornqvist learned of the trade from media reports before he was asked to waive his no-trade clause and his Penguins teammates were angry about the trade.

On Friday, Hornqvist told the Florida media, including our sister site Florida Hockey Now, that he decided to accept the trade when he learned “Pittsburgh didn’t want me…”

Several times, Hornqvist referenced his unhappiness. In addition to saying the Pittsburgh Penguins didn’t want him, he also said he felt blindsided by the trade ask. As the full picture emerges, Hornqvist accepted the trade to Florida because he felt wanted.

In a radio interview on Friday, Penguins GM Jim Rutherford admitted the trade was emotional and the Penguins cannot replace Hornqvist on the ice or in the locker room. However, Rutherford said Hornqvist was not likely to be part of the Penguins’ top power play in 2020-21, and his role was going to be diminished.

Patric Hornqvist has three seasons remaining on his contract extension, which pays him an average of $5.3 million per season. This season, he scored 32 points, including 16 goals in 52 games.

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DannyGay
DannyGay
1 year ago

I’ll be the first to admit it, JR knows more about hockey and the Pens than I do.I’ve only been a fan and supporter of this team since 1967. But I just don’t understand how he can rip the heart out of this team, replace it with
maybe a decent D and expect the guys to just go with it. I don’t like this one bit. But, then again who am I ?

Bold Ruler
Bold Ruler
1 year ago

Rutherford is mutilating this team. Despicable.

He has been off his game since going into the 2017-18 season with Carter Rowney and J.S. Dea as his third and fourth line centers, respectfully.

Lynchie
Lynchie
1 year ago

This was handled so poorly. Who would like to read they are fired in the paper. So Johnson is more important than Hornquist, (I know different position, but who was contributing more? I think if you post the names on a big board and go through the list of who contributes and who has not. The conclusion is I think that they saw Hornquist as one of the few players that another team might want. Instead I would say get rid of dead wood, look at WBS for good players who will skate through a brick wall to get in… Read more »

Jay95
Jay95
1 year ago
Reply to  Lynchie

While I agree with some of this. The Pens aren’t anywhere close to the bottom of the league. Matheson has performed in the past. They have shopped JJ and have never been able to move him. I don’t like losing HQ in this trade at all. I wish that they would have brought back someone else. And, I HATE the fact that colton sceviour was part of this. But, it’s not as bad as some have made it out to be. Our left side D is now much better (contract aside) and hopefully Riikola can win out the right side… Read more »

KURT MARASCO
KURT MARASCO
1 year ago
Reply to  Jay95

Sullivan will not play Rikola because he’s not on his favorites list. Rikola should have been playing this past season with Oleksiak holding another slot. Rutherford prefers to overpay for something he had for a bargain. I’m not even sure that Sullivan and Rutherford have each other’s phone number.

Last edited 1 year ago by KURT MARASCO
Jay95
Jay95
1 year ago
Reply to  KURT MARASCO

Yeah…most likely right. But, I want to hold out hope that he’ll finally get his chance. Oleksiak could have definitely held down that left side this last year. And, though Schultz hasn’t been the same since the injury, he was probably the better option over Riikola THIS PAST year. Moving forward? That “should” be Riikola’s spot to lose. But, yeah, Sullivan and GMJR haven’t been on the same page since the 2017.

Frank
Frank
1 year ago

I have to assume that one of Hornqvist children did that. Certainly no rational adult in a world struggling with a pandemic and a poor economy and social unrest would be so pouty that he would toss his gear out the window just because he will be forced to make $5,000,000 in Florida? Had to be a child . . . right?

John
John
1 year ago
Reply to  Frank

I liked him as a player and a leader on the team. But it’s time to act like a grownup who’s privileged to play a game for a living and make a ton of money. Trades are part of any sport. Yes, it was handled poorly by management. But come on, man!

D1VE
D1VE
1 year ago

This is such a hot take it’s incredible. Even if it is actually his place, this gear isn’t strewn all over the place, the bag is zipped open and the gear is put out beside it in the sun. Pretty clearly airing out his gear. If someone is “throwing out” their former team’s gear, why are the shoes so neatly placed at the base of the bag side by side? Answer: you don’t. Anyone that’s played hockey knows this drill, especially on sunny days. There’s nothing to see here, folks. And I say this as Patric Hornqvist being my favorite… Read more »

pihanna
pihanna
1 year ago
Reply to  D1VE

i also air out my equipment. In the backyard. That my friend, is a statement

Jay95
Jay95
1 year ago
Reply to  pihanna

Lol, yep to both of you. I air mine out in my basement. But, if he’s headed back to the rink, which we know could be any rink at this moment so he HAS to take his stuff home with him just like us, it’s a perfect weekend to set it exactly where it is.

Even before the edit I think we all saw this if we play.

David L Zipf
David L Zipf
1 year ago

Patric was/is a favorite player of mine and I am saddened by his trade … to be fair, the Pens just got younger and Patric, maybe due to the tenacity with which he plays, was losing playing days due to injury… incredible as he was in front of the net during PPs, he was an avg player on the wing … Finally, it’s 2020 wherein wierd things are happening.. no fans in the stands means a lot less revenue.. the Pens received a young D they needed and a 31 yr old forward whom I know nothing about… as always,… Read more »

Jay95
Jay95
1 year ago
Reply to  David L Zipf

Dave, one look at colton sceviour’s advanced metrics over his career…especially relative to his teammates, shows that he’s been pretty bad. He’s a guy who will pass the eye test as “fast enough”, “tough enough”, “physical enough”, “battles enough”, but gets hemmed in a lot. He is a defensive player so his offensive numbers aren’t terrible. And, I don’t know what he’d look like surrounded by guys who are more offensive in McCann and (whoever takes the other wing). And, if he’s on the third line he may get more offensive zone starts since our 4th line is absolutely the… Read more »

Jay95
Jay95
1 year ago
Reply to  David L Zipf

I also don’t feel like PQ has fallen off that much. Injuries do add up as you age. And, I know as a player I had some at a young age that made me change my game. But, I do feel like PQ will be able to do what he does for at least another 2 seasons. And, outside of McCann and Simon, he was the other player that could slide up into the top 6. I guess let’s just hope the Kap can take that Left wall on the PP, and Guentz can stay healthy in front of the… Read more »

Ed Andrews
Ed Andrews
1 year ago

I doubt Patric did this, in Hockey you dry out your stuff most likley he will never use most of this stuff again with the pens logos, it is organized. I think it is said the JR desrespected Horni, JR is an narcissist he thinks he is a gift to hockey, what he needs to do is retire since he has doomed Pitsburgs future with his stupid trades, he wont get rid of JJ to appease himselfthat he made a good trade, JJ is not bad but really does not fit this team to be offensive.

Iwasiam
Iwasiam
1 year ago

Horny wasn’t fired he was traded. In today’s media blitz to get the story faster than everyone else (even faster than the people involved) I guess it’s the new norm. I liked him but his style and age meant he wasn’t going to play much time and injuries were starting to accumulate.
I wouldn’t be surprised to find out the photo is from some fan and not Hornquist.

Bill L
Bill L
1 year ago

It probably was airing out his gear but I could understand it otherwise.

A lot of people are going to miss you Horny.

Jeff
Jeff
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill L

What NHL player takes their equipment home? Equipment managers wash and dry their stuff.

Jay95
Jay95
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff

Jeff, in the pandemic the players are working out by themselves at multiple local rinks. Of you’re involved in youth hockey, or as a player yourself, you know that Pittsburgh has TONS of rinks that you can sometimes even catch players in the off-season at stick times. My guess, the equipment managers aren’t active right now so he the guys have to lug their stuff back in forth. But, you do bring up a good point at regular times. Also, just throwing this out there because my cousin plays for the Blues. He’s in New York right now and is… Read more »

billvill
billvill
1 year ago

Blame the media leak for this. This news should not have been anyone else’s business until after Hornqvist was contacted.

Howard Wyer
Howard Wyer
1 year ago

Maybe his wife is mad at him

Jay95
Jay95
1 year ago
Reply to  Howard Wyer

😂😂😂😂. We’ve all been there…

Penguinfan
Penguinfan
1 year ago

Sad to see him go. May not be the player he was but he’d still be valuable when healthy

Last edited 1 year ago by Penguinfan
Cal
Cal
1 year ago

For chripes sake, enough of the drama. It’s a business, we collectively have to put on big boy shorts and move on. BTW, it’s a terrible hockey trade IMHO.

Jim
Jim
1 year ago

This is an even a salary dump because he’s only saving about 750 K between the two nobodies they got in return

Jim
Jim
1 year ago

Rutherford it’s time to retire

KURT MARASCO
KURT MARASCO
1 year ago

Well, we have a GM with no vision, who I would prefer do his gambling in Vegas with his own money.

And we have a coach who would rather force players into a style of play that suits him rather than their skill set. Coaches that win consistently over time do the opposite.

I’ll miss Hornqvist, but he probably has a better chance of winning in FL than in Pittsburgh. At least they’ll take advantage of his abilities.

Bob Sacamano
Bob Sacamano
1 year ago

He’s drying his gear. I’ve played my entire life and I know what kind of gear he wears. Half of that stuff will go with him to south Florida. Why would he throw out his CCM shoulder pads to make a statement about the Pens? He’s drying his stuff…

Last edited 1 year ago by Bob Sacamano
WhoDat
1 year ago

Old Slow Broken

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tina benedetti
tina benedetti
1 year ago

JR might not want you. But this hockey fan did. I give up buying new jersey

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