Avalanche acquire Matthias from Maple Leafs
Colorado sends forward Smith, 2016 fourth-round pick to Torontoby NHL.com @nhl
The Colorado Avalanche acquired veteran forward Shawn Matthias from the Toronto Maple Leafs for forward Colin Smith and Colorado's fourth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft on Sunday.
Matthias, 28, missed five games with a neck injury before scoring a goal in Toronto's 5-4 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. He has six goals and 17 points in 51 games this season.
"When you think something is fair and you think something is right, you make that decision at that time," Toronto general manager Lou Lamoriello told TSN.
Matthias, chosen by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round (No. 47) of the 2006 draft, has 75 goals and 148 points in 459 NHL games with the Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks and Maple Leafs.
"He's going to be an asset for the role Colorado is asking him to play," Lamoriello said.
Smith, 22, has 13 goals and 34 points in 54 games this season with San Antonio of the American Hockey League. Lamoriello said Smith will add depth to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL at center.
"He will certainly go to the Marlies," Lamoriello said. "This is another player that will help them get to the end where they want to be."