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Report: Jets shopping veteran forward

NHL insider Elliotte Friedman reveals another trade chip in play before Tuesday’s deadline…

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With the NHL set to undergo a roster freeze this Tuesday, players and GMs are scrambling to find a home for the holidays. And according to a report from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, you can count Winnipeg Jets forward Shawn Matthias among those looking for a new home.

On yesterday’s Saturday Headlines segment on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, Friedman reported that Matthias is “being made available for trade.” 

The 29-year-old power forward has just two assists in 18 games this season and has only seen the ice twice since November 14th. With a glut of talent up front on the Jets, it’ll take an injury or two before Matthias gets back into the team’s lineup. Because of this, it’s being speculated that GM Kevin Cheveldayoff is attempting to find a new home for Matthias.

The 6’4, 230 lb native of Mississauga, Ontario is a former 18 goal scorer in the NHL, but has bounced around from team to team over his 10 year career. In 542 games with the Jets, Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche, Matthias has 89 goals and 173 points. 

Matthias is a pending unrestricted free-agent with a $2.125-million cap hit.