Atlanta gets Schneider
The Thrashers have dealt Ken Klee, Brad Larsen and Chad Painchaud to Anaheim for Mathieu Schneider.
The financial side of things, given that's why this deal was made:
Ducks take on:
Klee @ $1.25-million
Larsen @ $535,000
Painchaud @ $563,333
Thrashers take on:
Schneider @ $5.625-million
Given Painchaud spent half of last season in the ECHL, he's not going to be collecting an NHL paycheck this season, which means the Ducks have shaved off between $3.85- and $4.4-million salary in the deal in getting Klee and Larsen.
It's a solid move for Atlanta, which was well under the salary cap (close to the floor, actually) and desperately in need of another top defenceman to join Toby Enstrom, Niclas Havelid and Ron Hainsey on the top four. New coach John Anderson's suddenly got something to work with — and the need to keep Zach Bogosian with the big club isn't anywhere near as great.
At 39, Schneider has slowed down at little bit, but he was still a very solid 22-minutes-a-night guy for the Ducks last season.
Where does this put Anaheim against the cap? Even if you discount Larsen, who's essentially on a minimum deal, they're still very tight and it's going to take additional maneovering in order for them to sign Selanne for more than $1-million. According to Cap Central, the Ducks were $3.25-million over prior to the deal and would have only just snuck under now.
Possible options include demoting someone, perhaps even newcomer Klee, or another trade. Todd Marchant's name is a popular one here given his salary, but he has a no-trade clause. It's also been discussed recently that Bobby Ryan could potentially be on the move, but I imagine Brian Burke is leery of pulling the trigger on that one.
Still some tough decisions on the way in Anaheim.