Days following a blockbuster trade that sent Dion Phaneuf to the Ottawa Senators, the Toronto Maple Leafs made another big splash on Sunday afternoon. The Leafs sent forward Shawn Matthias to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Colin Smith and a 2016 fourth-round pick.
TRADE: @MapleLeafs have acquired Colorado's 4th-round selection in the 2016 Draft & F Colin Smith in exchange for F Shawn Matthias. #TMLtalk
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) February 21, 2016
Matthias joined Toronto last July following a stint with Vancouver, as the Canucks were unwilling to re-sign in July of 2015. He received a one-year, $2.3 million dollar contract to play in the Air Canada Centre.
As a bottom-six forward for Mike Babcock’s Maple Leafs, he netted just six goals and 17 assists in 51 games played. He was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 2008 albeit his rights were traded to the Florida Panthers the following season. Colorado marks the fifth organization for the 28-year old forward from nearby Mississauga.
The Leafs will obtain Smith, a 22-year-old who has spent his time with the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage this season, where he recorded 13 goals and 21 assists in 54 games. He was selected 192nd overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Avalanche.
Matthias joins a middle-of-the-pack Avalanche club that sits fourth (31-26-4) in the high-powered Central Division. The Leafs on the other hand sit dead last in the Atlantic at 20-27-5. With the upcoming draft looming June, the Maple Leafs now own the right to 12 total picks.