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Florida heat: Horachek rips Matthias, tells him to ‘get out of the victim role’

Mar 17, 2014, 8:09 PM EDT

PeterHorachekFlorida AP

Just days after Shawn Matthias carved his former organization for not doing things “the right way,” his ex-head coach responded with a blast of his own.

“He’s a talented young player, he can skate, he has all the size and tools, but he gets in his own way,” Horachek said, per the Florida Sun-Sentinel. “He went through four coaches, so nobody’s picking on him and nobody’s trying to say he can’t play in a different role.

“But there’s accountability and the ability to get out of the victim role… and just say, ‘I’m going to do whatever is needed for me to play for the team, instead of playing for the name and number on my back.'”

Horachek was responding to comments Matthias made prior to Vancouver’s 4-3 shootout win in Florida on Sunday. Matthias, acquired from the Panthers are part of the Roberto Luongo trade, suggested he only got a chance as Florida’s No. 1 or 2 center minutes when someone was hurt — and when the injured parties came back healthy, he was relegated to a bottom-six role regardless of how well he’d played.

From the Sun-Sentinel:

“I was happy to be moved and happy for the new opportunity. It’s a different atmosphere [in Vancouver], a different culture. You play hard and you play. In Florida, too many guys were given things and it’s not the right way. Here, it’s you earn your ice time.

“I think it was obvious when guys were out [in Florida], how well I played. And when they came back, nothing really changed, it seemed like it never happened. I was upset for awhile here and wanted a fair shake and now I’m in a really good situation.’’

Since joining the Canucks, Matthias is averaging 18:04 per game — up from the 12:14 he was getting in Florida — and has scored one goal and two points in six contests.

Of course, Matthias’ opportunity for expanded minutes at center came after Ryan Kesler suffered a knee injury.

  1. jernster21 - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Wow, 2 points in 6 games? First ballot hall of famer.

    • c9castine - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      not sure what thats even supposed to mean.

      nobody has suggested that.

      • pfhockey - Mar 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM

        I think your sarcasm detector is broken.

  2. roblo76 - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    I certainly hope he doesn’t think he’s a first or second line center. He’s a plug with subpar hands.

  3. csilojohnson - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    “…and now im in a really good situation.”
    Can you really say that about anything Canucks related this year?
    At least he is optimistic.
    We’ll see how he feels when Kesler gets back.

  4. bwayblueshirt - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    He’s a solid 3rd line center, sure, but it sounds to me like he’s too big for his britches. But he’s Torts kind of player, so the ice time doesn’t surprise me.

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