Schneider on waivers
The Anaheim Ducks, needing to trim payroll, have placed defenseman Mathieu Schneider on waivers with the expectation that a team will claim him and $5.75 million salary for this season.
Once they move Schneider off the books, the Ducks are expected to re-sign Teemu Selanne.
Sure, he maybe a bit overpriced at that cap hit, but he's still a very useful player.
The waiver system ranks teams worst to first based on their finish last season until Nov. 1, meaning Tampa Bay would have first crack at Schneider. The Kings, Thrashers, Blues and Islanders would then be next in line.
There are 12 teams with enough cap space to take Schneider on, and Los Angeles seems the most obvious choice given their need for a veteran blueliner and position $18-million below the cap. Atlanta, Phoenix, the Islanders and St. Louis also have the space and a need for an offensive defenceman.
We'll know within the next few days where he's headed.
Anaheim was about $3-million over the cap with Schneider on the books, so this frees up roughly $2.5-million for Selanne's contract. Expect an announcement on that before the Ducks open camp at the end of this week.
Schneider is the second significant loss via waivers for the Ducks in the past year, as GM Brian Burke also tossed Ilya Bryzgalov, now the Coyotes' starter, into the freebie bin last fall.