The biggest hurdle to getting a deal done was getting Matthias to agree to a two-way deal, meaning the Panthers can send Matthias to the minors and pay him less than his NHL salary of $800,000. Matthias got a two-way deal for 2011-12, but his 2012-13 pact is one-way specific.
Matthias has played in 126 games with the Panthers over the course of four seasons – including his four-game emergency call-up stint in 2008. Matthias scored a career-high seven goals in 2009-10 and had six in 47 games last season before suffering a serious ankle injury in January.
Matthias ended up playing in four more games late in the season but the ankle wasn't healed and he was ineffective.
“It's nice to have it done, not have to worry about it anymore,'' Matthias said, adding that his ankle is completely healed. “Now I can just start to worry about camp. There are a lot of guys fighting for job. I have to go in with the right mindset and do what I know I'm capable of. If I do that, good things will happen.
“There is a good group of guys here, a lot of good hockey players. It's a new culture here, players are expected to work. We owe it to them to give them our best. Competition is healthy. It's going to drive us, make us better. The best players are going to play. I feel good, feel healthy. I'm excited for the opportunity for camp to show them that I want to be there and belong to be here.''
Panthers assistant general manager Mike Santos has made it clear that there is only a few spots available and plenty of competition. Matthias is battling for a forward spot with the likes of Evgeny Dadonov, Ryan Carter and Tim Kennedy.
Carter and Kennedy also have two-way deals with the Panthers; Dadonov is still in an entry level contract with the Panthers but is expected to be on the opening night roster after last year's performance.
Matthias, Carter and Kennedy would have to clear waivers if they were demoted to the Panthers AHL affiliate in San Antonio.
“I'm glad Shawn signed and is back in the fold,'' Santos said. “Some deals take longer to do than others and you have to work at it. I think this is a good deal for both sides. The one-way gives him security year when hopefully he's even more improved than he is now. The guys who deserve to be on this team will be on this team.''
The Panthers will put up single game tickets on sale tomorrow at noon. They claim the 'dynamic' pricing is in effect (you know the old airfare plan) so, well, whatever.
Here's the official release from the team. Prices for all zones – and flight plans – at the bottom.
Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets now, as the Panthers will maintain their dynamic pricing structure on single game tickets in which prices will rise as sales and demand increases on individual games.
The Panthers are coming off one of the most exciting offseasons in franchise history as General Manager Dale Tallon has reshaped the team with the hiring of new head coach Kevin Dineen, and the acquiring of no less than ten new players including defensemen Brian Campbell and Ed Jovanovski and forwards Kris Versteeg, Tomas Fleischmann and Scottie Upshall.
“To get the best value on Florida Panthers home games and to guarantee incredible seats for one of the most exciting and most anticipated seasons in Panthers history, I strongly encourage our fans to buy now or become a Cats season ticket holder,” said SSE president & COO Michael Yormark. “It’s going to be an amazing season of Cats hockey at the BankAtlantic Center and it all starts on Opening Night on October 15.”
Under the dynamic pricing structure, all Panthers games will continue to be classified in one of four categories: bronze (least expensive), silver, gold and platinum (most expensive). However, as demand increases for specific games, its pricing structure will increase as well, allowing games that begin under the bronze, silver or gold classification to move all the way up to platinum should sales demand it. To get the best value fans are encouraged to purchase season ticket packages now, or buy single game tickets as soon as they are released on Saturday.
Currently, Panthers season ticket packages are available for $25 per game in the new Red Zone seating section. Fans can call 954-835-PUCK or log on to FloridaPanthers.com or Ticketmaster.com for more information.
Section Platinum Gold Silver Bronze
Glass (row 1) $260.00 $245.00 $235.00 $127.00
Panther Club (rows 2-4) $175.00 $150.00 $110.00 $80.00
Prem Center Ice (rows 5-17) $140.00 $110.00 $80.00 $70.00
Prem Lower Bowl Sideline (rows 5-17) $120.00 $95.00 $70.00 $55.00
Prem Lower Bowl End Zone (rows 5-17, 5-15) $110.00 $80.00 $65.00 $45.00
Center Ice (rows 18-28) $110.00 $85.00 $70.00 $50.00
Lower Bowl Sideline (rows 18-28) $100.00 $75.00 $60.00 $40.00
Lower Bowl End Zone 2x (rows 16-26) $90.00 $70.00 $50.00 $35.00
Locker Room (rows 18-28) $90.00 $70.00 $45.00 $30.00
Club Level row (1-8) $85.00 $65.00 $35.00 $25.00
Mezzanine (row 1) $75.00 $50.00 $30.00 $20.00
Sideline Balcony (rows 2-10) $60.00 $35.00 $20.00 $15.00
Goal Zone (rows 2-7) $40.00 $20.00 $15.00 $13.00
Terrace (rows 8-10) $30.00 $15.00 $10.00 $10.00