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Panthers’ Matthias: ‘I’m sick of losing’

Mar 11, 2013, 8:02 AM EDT

Shawn Matthias #18 of the Florida Panthers looks to pass in the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers on February 5, 2013 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Florida Panthers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in an overtime shootout.
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Is the 2013 campaign just a bump in the road in the Florida Panthers’ rebuilding process or was the 2011-12 campaign a fluke?

Either way, after making the playoffs in 2012 for the first time in over a decade, the Florida Panthers are dead last in the NHL.

“This is unacceptable,” Shawn Matthias told the Miami Herald after Sunday’s 5-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. “We’ve been through this before and it’s not fun. I’m sick of losing.”

Matthias was drafted by Detroit in 2006, but was traded to Florida before he ever got to play a game in the Red Wings’ organization. Matthias has consequently spent his entire 231 game NHL career with Florida.

“We need to change things, turn this ship around,” Matthias added. “It’s frustrating and it has gone on long enough. They were ripe for the picking and we didn’t take advantage of it.”

Panthers GM Dale Tallon is reportedly ready to start trading, but given the Panthers’ record, he will likely prioritize the team’s future over this season.

Meanwhile, players who have spent their careers with the Panthers will be left remembering their brief 2012 playoff run and wondering how long they’ll have to wait for their next postseason game.

  1. wingz101 - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    That really has to suck drafted by Detroit, traded and never sniffing the playoffs. That reminds me of the unluckiest hockey player of all time, Guy Charron.

    He was a Montreal Canadian prospect and he happens to be a part of the organization the only season, 1969-70 that they miss the playoffs after making it for twenty straight seasons. He got in five games. Next season he gets traded to Detroit, then Kansas City, then Washington plays almost 750 games and never makes the playoffs!!!

    Even worse for poor guy? The Habs won the cup the year before and the year after he was there!!

  2. sheckyrimshot - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    denis: ned, what’s echanger in english?
    ned: trade me right %#€¥+@ now.

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