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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Panthers re-sign Matthias: two years, $3.5 million

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The Florida Panthers have re-upped with forward Shawn Matthias on a two-year, $3.5 million deal, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Matthias, 25, was one of the key pieces that came to Florida in the 2007 Todd Bertuzzi trade with Detroit.

The former 47th overall pick had a breakthrough season with the Panthers in 2013, scoring a career-high 14 goals despite only playing 48 games.

Matthias also averaged a career-high 15:11 TOI per game and tied Calder Trophy winner Jonathan Huberdeau for the team lead in goals.

A pending RFA, Matthias will now be with the Panthers through the 2014-15 season, at which time he’ll be an unrestricted free agent.

Overall, a good value signing for the Panthers, who locked up a big-bodied (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) forward that has dramatically improved his finish around the net. Matthias has 24 goals over the last two seasons, up from just 15 through the first 126 games of his career.

Derek Roy signs in Swiss league

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Derek Roy has finally found work — but it’s not in the NHL.

Roy, who spent the entire preseason in Washington’s camp on a PTO, has signed with SC Bern of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Friday.

The news comes after Roy narrowly missed out on making the Caps roster, and just one year after he had something of a bounce-back campaign in Edmonton, scoring 22 points in 46 games while developing chemistry with young winger Nail Yakupov.

A 12-year NHL veteran, Roy is one of the more prominent names to be squeezed out of work this season, and head overseas. The 31-year-old has scored over 500 points in 738 career contests, and has twice represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships.

With Bern, Roy will play on one of Switzerland’s stronger teams, alongside a trio of ex-NHLers: Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Cory Conacher.

Lehner’s injury ‘doesn’t look like it’s short term’

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Robin Lehner might not be back anytime soon.

Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year-old goaltender couldn’t complete Thursday’s game against his former squad, the Ottawa Senators, due to what has now been revealed to be a right leg injury.

When he left the arena, he was wearing a walking boot on that nearly went up to his knee.

“It doesn’t look like it’s short term,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News. “It’s more than day-to-day at this point, but we need to evaluate further.”

It’s a rocky start to what’s an important campaign for Lehner. He has been given an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s ready to be a starting goaltender after being acquired by the Sabres over the summer, but it looks like that will have to be postponed.

While he’s sidelined, Chad Johnson is likely to be leaned on heavily.