'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.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.
"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."
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.