Thursday, September 18, 2008

'Nobody is out to screw Mathieu Schneider'

The Orange County Register has the latest rundown on the Ducks trying to unload Mathieu Schneider, and at this point, everyone seems relatively civil about the whole thing. Here's his agent, Pat Morris:
"They're not moving him because he's a poor player. He's still on top of his game. It's an economic situation.

"Unless something unforeseen happens, he'll be at training camp and compete hard for the beginning of the season. He's under contract. He's a professional. He's mature. If he's told to go elsewhere, he'll go elsewhere. It would be nice if it could happen sooner than later."
So Schneider knows for certain he's headed somewhere, but doesn't know where, and Teemu Selanne's on the sidelines, apparently not very concerned that he'll miss a portion (or all) of training camp due to the cap crunch.

Schneider's married with four young children, so it makes sense his main issue is getting this all wrapped up in a reasonable time frame. Going to the Kings wouldn't be a problem — he actually apparently lives closer to the Staples Center than the Ducks' rink — but anywhere else means uprooting the Schneider clan a year after settling in California.

Anaheim GM Brian Burke, however, said Schneider would not be going on re-entry waivers, which means a trade is in the works in the near future. He also (sarcastically) told the gathered throng at the NHL's board of governors meetings in Toronto that he "turned down 25 offers for him" before placing Schneider on waivers:
"Now we know that moving the entire salary is not realistic, so how much money and what player do we have to take back for a deal to line up?" Burke said. "One of the teams that is involved in this process has already called since Mathieu cleared and I'll just resume those same discussions."
Stay tuned. Something will move on this very soon.
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11 Comments:

At 2:55 AM, September 18, 2008, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

"'Nobody is out to screw Mathieu Schneider'"

Of course not, but GMs are getting in a line to screw Brian Burke.

 
At 5:47 AM, September 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

..."turned down 25 offers for him" before placing Schneider on waivers....

We're supposed to believe Bloviating Burke turned down 25 offers so that he could waive Schneider and risk getting nothing for him (or) because he didn't want to take back any salary? Yet he's not willing to put him through re-entry waivers where he'd avoid half of Schneider's salary liability?

I realize that within that enlarged melon rests a complicated brain, but something doesn't add up here.

 
At 9:00 AM, September 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This all leads back to Bertuzzi's and Schneider's 2 year contracts, they were mistakes. On the other hand I can't feel Selanne, serves him right, laggard!

Decisions Burke, decisions....

 
At 10:03 AM, September 18, 2008, Blogger GMCN Innovations said...

By my count, there's about 15 teams that have the cap space right now for Schnieder's re-entry waiver contract, with a few that could make the room if necessary. It seems very unreasonable that all these teams would make an offer (with up to 2/3 making more then one offer). He is an NHL-Calibre player still, but he's no team-defining player, like an Ovechkin or Crosby. At this point, teams aren't going to bend over backwards to get him on their roster. Why pay $5.5Mil this week when you can get him for $2.75Mil next week?

Burkie forgot how to count. I'd be surprised if he got any offers that didn't involve a bag of pucks.

 
At 10:51 AM, September 18, 2008, Blogger Chemmy said...

The offers Burke turned down were probably salary dumps themselves. Schneider only has one year left on his contract, so there are probably teams with players they wanted to dump on longer term, lower dollar contracts in exchange for eating up Schneider's hit this year.

Those deals probably didn't help Burke get Selanne, so he turned them down.

 
At 10:57 AM, September 18, 2008, Anonymous Dave said...

It just sounds like more posturing from Burke. 25 offers! I'm sure, he's probably going back and fourth between all of those teams trying to wheel and deal and figure out which team he can get the best deal from.

He's finding out what Kevin Lowe realized with Chris Pronger: it's tough to get anything approaching good value when you have no leverage.

 
At 11:06 AM, September 18, 2008, Anonymous b said...

Sure he got 25 offers..

Ponikarovsky for Schneider
Tlusty for Schneider
Hagman for Schneider
Bell for Schneider
Antropov for Schneider
Stajan for Schneider
Grabovski for Schneider
Moore for Schneider
Steen for Schneider
Mayers for Schneider
Blake for Schneider
Hollweg for Schneider
..etc

..but not Finger for Schneider; the Ducks couldn't handle the salary coming back

 
At 12:06 PM, September 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke made the comment about 25 offers in response to a reporter's question about the reason for Schneider's placement on waivers. The reporter asked if there were no takers on Schneider and is that why he was on waivers. Burke snidely retorted that "he had 25 offers but thought waivers would be better... that's a pretty stupid question"

If you heard the sound bite it was apparent that Burke made the comment in jest - there was not 25 offers for him.

 
At 12:31 PM, September 18, 2008, Blogger Shane Giroux said...

Thanks for the clarification, anonymous. I was about to add something about Burke's stubbornness in making deals but I guess we'll go back to his arrogance with the press ;)

Not that I blame him when presented with the lame questions some of them toss up.

 
At 12:59 PM, September 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But it wasn't a stupid question.

The reporter was asking a question meant to elicit a response such as the following:

"Well, a few teams called us and offered to send us their expensive junk. But we're looking to shed salary so we can sign Teemu Selanne.

"No offence to Mathieu Schneider - he can still play. But we need help up front more than we need another scoring blueliner.

"We don't want to give Schneider away, but if that's what we have to do in order to shed that salary, then that's what we have to do. That's why he's on waivers.

"We won't be putting him through re-entry waivers because then if he gets claimed we're still on the hook for half his salary. So we'd lose Schneider and we still wouldn't be able to sign Selanne under the cap."

See, that's what a guy with a normal-sized head would say to a reporter. Because without media covering sports, nobody buys tickets, 3rd jerseys, and whatever product is being advertised during sports talk radio shows and in newspaper that carry 28 pages of sports.

But a guy with an XXL-sized head has to treat everybody else around him like they're stupid, ignorant yokels for having the temerity to question whether he actually knows what he's doing.

Because one question might lead to another. Like how many Stanley Cups the Hartford Whalers won when he ran that franchise. Or how many playoff rounds the Vancouver Canucks won when he terrorized secretaries in that organization. Or the wisdom of signing Todd Bertuzzi to an outsized deal. Or giving away Andy McDonald for a decrepit Doug Weight. Or why he thinks he can run one organization while auditioning for the GM's job in another. Or what he thinks of his boss's legal problems.

 
At 4:16 PM, September 18, 2008, Anonymous beingbobbyorr said...

Like how many Stanley Cups the Hartford Whalers won when he ran that franchise.

"Whaddaya want? I ran the Whale for like, what, 5 minutes."

Or how many playoff rounds the Vancouver Canucks won when he terrorized secretaries in that organization.

"A GM just puts together a good team. After that, it's the players who win or lose."

Or the wisdom of signing Todd Bertuzzi to an outsized deal.

"The contract was his reward for taking a bullet for me in the aftermath of the Moore incident. Sports GMs have been giving & receiving favors now in exchange for compensation later since Elmer Lach was schtupping your Grandma back in the day."

Or giving away Andy McDonald for a decrepit Doug Weight.

"Salary Cap + Neidermeyer sells more tickets than Mac. (plus, Andy's ridiculously thick neck was competing against my giant skull for attention in the OC)"

Or why he thinks he can run one organization while auditioning for the GM's job in another.

"I cut my GM teeth at the heels of Pat Quinn."

Or what he thinks of his boss's legal problems.

"Why would I care? The bank is still cashing my paychecks. . . . . Now, what I wanna know is: how do I join the posse of this Henry Nicholas fellow? Mountains of ganga & primo hookers? Nigga knows how to roll."

 

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