Panthers Make Additional Roster Moves Prior to Trade Deadline

Tuesday, 02.27.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / Transactions
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Panthers Make Additional Roster Moves Prior to Trade Deadline

Cats Acquire Matthias & Draft Picks for Bertuzzi; Kwiatkowski Dealt to Pitt for Draft Pick

SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers General Manager and Head Coach Jacques Martin announced today that the club has acquired C Shawn Matthias and conditional draft considerations in the 2007 and 2008 NHL Entry Draft, in exchange for RW Todd Bertuzzi. The team also announced that D Joel Kwiatkowski has been traded to Pittsburgh for a fourth round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

"Shawn is a very skilled young player who was one of the top rated players in Detroit's system," Martin said. "He is another high character player who possesses great speed with a scoring touch. We also were able to gain draft picks that we will be able to utilize in order to acquire key assets in future drafts. Additionally, this move also gives us flexibility in being active during the off-season when we look at acquiring free-agents throughout the summer."

Matthias has spent the last three years playing in the Ontario Hockey League for the Belleville Bulls. This season the 6-foot-3, 210-pound center has scored 33 goals with 28 assists in 57 games played. The Red Wings originally drafted Matthias with their second choice (47th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. is the official Web site of the Florida Panthers. Florida Panthers and are trademarks of the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks and NHL Draft name and logo are trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2016 Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.