The Colorado Avalanche have acquired Shawn Matthias from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Colin Smith and a fourth-round pick.
Colorado receives: Matthias, who the Leafs signed to a one-year contract worth $2.3 million in the offseason. Stuck in a place between buying and selling, the Avalanche have made a move to bolster their middle-of-the-road offense as they attempt to retain the wild-card spot that they currently hold.
Toronto receives: Smith, a former scoring star for the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL, who has played just one NHL game and has spent the season in the AHL. The Leafs also receive a fourth-round pick to add to their growing pile of picks in this summer’s draft. All a part of the plan.
Matthias, the key player in the trade, is a big body who was basically signed to fill the Leafs’ roster and to give the Leafs a chip to trade for more youth at the deadline. So who’s next for the Leafs? P.A. Parenteau, Mark Arcobello, Brad Boyes, Michael Grabner, Nick Spaling, and Roman Polak are all UFAs at the end of the season and could probably be had f