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Breaking: Veteran power forward of 500+ NHL games bolts to Europe

Wow… hard to imagine no one wanted this guy. Just 30 years old…

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According to multiple online reports out of the Swiss National League, free agent forward Shawn Matthias will continue his pro hockey career with Geneve Serviette HC.

Check out this report from SwissHockeyNews.ch:

Geneve Servette HC is still looking for two imports to complete their roster. One of them could be Canadian forward Shawn Matthias, as Le Matin and the Tribune de Genève write. 
Servette’s two current import players are both defenders, so Chris McSorley is most likely looking for two forwards. That’s where Matthias comes in. He was part of the Winnipeg Jets for the last two years but has not received a new contract from the Jets or any other NHL-team yet. 
In the last ten years, the 30-year-old has made 564 regular season- and playoff games in the NHL for Winnipeg, the Colorado Avalanche, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Vancouver Canucks and the Florida Panthers. In those games, he recorded 91 goals and 86 assists. 

As the article points out, Matthias has spent the past two seasons with the Winnipeg Jets, but was left unsigned by the team earlier this offseason. With just weeks to go until the beginning of NHL training camps, it appears as though the 30 year old Matthias has run out of NHL options. The former top prospect has played 551 career NHL games split between the Jets, Colorado Avalanche, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers. Matthias was originally drafted in the 2nd round, 47th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft

Interestingly enough, Matthias has been involved in some big trades during his NHL career, first being part of the Todd Bertuzzi trade between the Panthers and Red Wings and second as part of the Roberto Luongo trade between the Panthers and Canucks. Matthias had just one goal and three points in 27 games with the Jets last season, a significant set back from the career high 18 goals and 27 points he put up in the 2014-15 season with the Canucks. Despite not being a big point producer at this point of his career, it's still surprising to see that Matthias couldn't generate any interest on the NHL free agent market.