After nearly 2 weeks of waiting and months of rumors defenseman Mathieu Schneider has been traded. Destination: Atlanta. The Anaheim Ducks finally offloaded the d-man to the Thrashers in exchange for aged blueliner Ken Klee and forwards Brad Larsen and Chad Painchaud. Atlanta picks up an experienced veteran in the 39 year old Schneider along with his $5.75 million dollar contract. Anaheim takes in exchange about $1.8 million in payroll not inclusive of Painchaud's minor league contract. That gives Anaheim enough savings to sign UFA Teemu Selanne.
Schneider, a 19 year veteran, was originally drafted in the 3rd Round, 44th overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. In 1,197 career games he has 212 goals and 490 assists for 702 points. Schneider also has a +73 rating on his career to go with 1,165 penalty minutes, 371 powerplay points (93 goals, 278 assists) and 34 game winners. He instantly becomes the most offensively prone blueliner on the entire Atlanta squad and possibly more talented than 90 percent of that team. The Thrashers will be Schneider's 8th team after seeing stints with the Habs, Isles, Maple Leafs, Rangers, Kings, Red Wings and Ducks.
We wish Mathieu the best in the Deep South and we are just happy that the whole Anaheim trade debacle is over!