The Avalanche have acquired Shawn Matthias from Toronto for Colin Smith and a fourth-round draft pick.
Matthias, 28, signed a one-year deal with the Maple Leafs at the start of the season but will now provide third-line depth for the Avalanche, who are making a playoff push in the Western Conference. Matthias has 17 points (6G / 11A) in 51 games with the Maple Leafs this season, but had a career-high 18 goals with the Canucks last season.
Matthias will take James van Riemsdyk's spot on the Maple Leafs' top line.
van Riemsdyk will miss the next 6-8 weeks, so Matthias will get the first crack on the Maple Leafs’ top line with Tyler Bozak and P.A Parenteau. Matthias has just 12 points (3G / 9A) in 39 games this season.
Matthias (shoulder) will play on Friday vs. Columbus.
Matthias missed last Saturday’s game vs. the Senators, but he will get back into the lineup tonight in Columbus. Matthias has no points, a minus-2 rating and seven shots on goal in his first two games with the Maple Leafs.
Matthias (shoulder) is expected to be in the lineup on Friday.
Matthias missed Saturday’s game vs. the Senators, but he was back at practice this morning and is expected to play in Columbus. Matthias has no points, seven shots and a minus-2 rating through two games with the Maple Leafs.
Matthias missed Saturday’s game vs. the Senators and was only able to skate on his own before practice on Monday. He didn’t take any shots this morning, which isn’t a good sign that he will be back on Friday.
Matthias (head) will return to the Canucks lineup on Saturday.
Matthias has missed the last two games with a head injury, but will return to the lineup tonight vs. the Rangers. Before getting hurt, Matthias had four goals and two assists in his previous six games.
Matthias has missed the last two games with a head injury. It appeared as if he might return on Tuesday when he took the ice for warmups, but he was a late scratch. Being back at practice today is sign he could return to the lineup on Saturday.
Matthias was on the ice for the Canucks morning skate, but head coach Willie Desjardins did not have an update on him following the skate. He was unsure whether or not Matthias would be available tonight. Consider him a game-time decision.
Matthias (head) left Saturday’s game and did not return.
Matthias was elbowed in the head by the Leafs’ defenseman Stephane Robias on Saturday. The Canucks winger struggled to regain his balance after falling to the ice. He was woozy, left the game and didn’t return. Its not a stretch to suggest a concussion because a quiet-room visit and then not returning would mean the customary seven-day window to ensure symptoms subside. If he is unavailable on Sunday, Nicklas Jensen would get into the lineup.
Matthias was acquired in the Roberto Luongo trade but at this time appears to be no better than a third-line centre. Matthias has a history of being great in the month of March. In March, 2013 he had 11 goals and two assists (13 points) in 16 games, and already has three goals and two assists (five points) in two games in March. He is expected to centre the third line with David Booth and Tom Sestito likely on his wings.