Mar 8, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon (56) loses his stick while chasing Vancouver Canucks forward Shawn Matthias (27) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Canucks' Shawn Matthias Requested a Trade from Florida Panthers

Vancouver Canucks centre Shawn Matthias says he requested a trade from the Florida Panthers because he was unhappy with how ice time was distributed.

Matthias wanted a trade for awhile says you earn ice time in Vancouver but in Fla. they gave it to players. #flapanthers

Was it a comment directed at current Panthers head coach Peter Horachek, and former coaches Kevin Dineen and Peter DeBoer?

Probably not. Matthias was likely expressing frustration playing on a younger team like the Panthers where a greater emphasis is placed on development than performance.

Matthias has averaged 17:07 a game through five games with the Canucks. In 59 games with the Panthers this season, he averaged only 12:07 a game, which put him 28th on the team.

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