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From the Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno:
As the rebuild continues, the Maple Leafs might not be much better, even under Mike Babcock. But the star coach will make sure that at least they put up a fight.
"Two things that irritate me the most are lack of preparation and lack of compete," he said. "That's not happening. We're going to get that fixed."
The Leafs should be motivated by playing for a new coach and needing to impress a new general manager, Lou Lamoriello. Phil Kessel's already gone, and almost no one on the roster is untouchable.
Management brought in several players on one-year, "prove-it" contracts. Shawn Matthias signed for US$2.3 million, Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau $1.5 million, Matt Hunwick $1.2 million, Mark Arcobello $1.1 million and Brad Boyes $700,000.
They also have players with a year left on their deals, like centre Nazem Kadri, defenceman Martin Marincin (acquired from Edmonton) and winger Michael Grabner (acquired from the Islanders).
Toronto probably won't contend for a playoff spot, but it won't be because players aren't trying.
"We're not going to lose because of lack of effort this year," Kadri said. "It's something that's going to change. We're going to be a skating team, a team that is going to move quick and with pace."
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Monday that the club has signed forward Shawn Matthias to a one-year contract.
Matthias, 27, skated with the Vancouver Canucks last season and finished tied for third in goals scored (18) while collecting a total of 27 points (18-9-27) and 16 penalty minutes. The Mississauga, Ontario native has appeared in 408 career NHL games between Vancouver and the Florida Panthers and has collected 131 points (69 goals, 62 assists) to go along with 137 penalty minutes. Matthias was originally drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round (47th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
So the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks decided to get to know each other a little better toward the end of Vancouver's 4-1 win over Calgary:
From the box score:
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
After being levelled by a Stephane Robidas elbow to his chin Saturday in Toronto — and struggling to regain his balance and leaving in the second period to be evaluated in the league-mandated quiet room — the Vancouver Canucks winger is trying to regain his stability. And he’s trying to wrap his head around the NHL’s decision not suspend the Maple Leafs defenceman, who only received an elbowing penalty.
Matthias was also levelled by a Mike Ribeiro cornerboards hit to the head on Nov. 2 at Rogers Arena, a crushing left arm shot that sent him to the ice and he struggled to regain his balance. The Nashville Predators forward was assessed a minor penalty for a hit to the head. That’s it. Two crushing blows. Not one suspension.
Alex Burrows was suspended three games after a late hit to the head of Montreal Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin on Oct. 30, even though there was no penalty on the play.
“If we say anything we’re looked upon as complainers,” said Matthias. “I don’t know why that is. I was always taught to get up when you might be hurt. I had may parents in the stands (Toronto) and I’m not going to lay on the ice — I’m going to try and do my best to get up and get to the room. On both hits I got up right away and didn’t say anything to the media after. We were respectful and didn’t say anything out of context, and I don’t know why that would be the case. They were blatant hits to my head and there was no call (suspension). Nothing.
more and you can review both hits below..
from Harvey Fialkov os the Sun Sentinel,
“I think it was kind of obvious it was going to happen when [coach Kevin Dineen] was let go. I was happy to be moved and happy for the new opportunity,'' Matthias said. "It’s a different atmosphere [in Vancouver], a different culture. You play hard and you play. In Florida, too many guys were given things and it’s not the right way. Here, it’s you earn your ice time.’’...
“I think it was obvious when guys were out, and how well I played,’’ Matthias said. “And when they came back, nothing really changed, it seemed like it never happened. I was upset for awhile here and wanted a fair shake and now I’m in a really good situation.’’
Matthias said he was, “ecstatic,’’ to be traded and hopes to score a couple of goals Sunday.
“That’s what I’m absolutely planning on doing,’’ Matthias smiled.
The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch suggests that the Florida Panthers' new owners plan on shaking up the team, with just about everyone who's not a top prospect up for grabs:
Three weeks into the season — and less than a month since Vincent Viola and Douglas Cifu took over the franchise — sources say the Panthers are prepared to move any of their veteran players.
Forwards Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg, Scottie Upshall, Shawn Matthias, Brad Boyes and Marcel Goc are among those available along with Tom Gilbert and Dmitry Kulikov, just to name a few.
After making the playoffs two years ago, the Panthers haven’t gotten off to the kind of start anybody expected, especially after signing veteran goalie Tim Thomas.
While Viola and Cifu are willing to commit cash to the organization, the belief is they don’t want to throw good money after bad. The only thing GM Dale Tallon doesn’t want to do is trade any of the club’s good young prospects.
Continued with many more rumors...
Talk about hustle and determination...
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils coach Pete DeBoer said defenseman Anton Volchenkov suffered ““a pretty serious cut, 10-12 stitches” on his face on the hit by Florida’s Shawn Matthias in the first period of tonight’s 4-3 loss to the Panthers.
Volchenkov was not available to the media postgame, but the Devils said Volchenkov suffered a cut to the lip and had a bloody forehead, apparently from when he hit the ice.
Ilya Kovalchuk, who immediately went after Matthias to stick up for his teammate, thought it was a hit to the head that should be looked at by the NHL.
The hit takes place in the very beginning of this game recap video…
Today’s three cheers, bestowed upon those who excelled for their clubs in action yesterday:
***Cheers to Nashville’s Steve Sullivan, who had a pair of the three first period goals for his club, en route to a 4-3 Predators win. Sullivan had a chance to complete the rare single stanza hat trick in the waning seconds of the first but was denied on a breakaway by Jaroslav Halak in the St. Louis net.
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Futility in Sunrise has persisted for far too long, with the Florida Panthers on the brink of a dubious record after nine consecutive non-playoff seasons. Incoming general manager Dale Tallon has moved quickly in putting his stamp on the team with several transactions since taking over, but nothing to this point appears bold enough to turn his club from last season’s Southeast Division cellar dwellers into a postseason participant.
Sadly, more patience may be in order for long-suffering Panthers fans.
Even so, all is not lost for the NHL’s southernmost franchise, with several key pieces already in place for the future (and others right around the corner) and it isn’t as though the current roster is without talent as is. Still, a couple of major stumbling points remain for the Panthers. The 24 games they will play versus fellow Southeast clubs, three of whom look to be vastly improved and the fourth being the stalwart Washington Capitals, certainly won’t help and the expiring contracts for defenseman Bryan McCabe and goaltender Tomas Vokoun will have to be dealt with (and quite possibly dealt altogether), without either situation becoming a distraction.
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The staff at SB Nation’s Raw Charge finishes up their Five Questions, Five Answers series today with my responses to their Southeast Division inquries.
As I touched on in closing out this interview, this division as a whole is on the upswing, making the timing of my expanded coverage even more exciting.
Enjoy the Q&A here… And, please, pay my friends at Raw Charge a well-deserved visit.
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from On Frozen Pond,
NEWARK - It appears the future is here. On the ice in Newark right now, highly-touted junior Shawn Matthias.
added 2:29pm, from the Florida Panthers,
“I got the call late last night from the Panthers telling me that I was called up,” said Matthias, who skated Friday morning with the Panthers. “There was a lot of yelling in the house when I told my folks.
“I am just really excited and can’t wait for the game tonight. It is something that I waited for all my life and it is going to be a great experience.”