Friday, September 26, 2008

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.

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At 5:29 p.m., September 26, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

If Bobby Ryan is traded to Toronto, we know something is up.

Marchant could be waived, just like how Columbus did as well. In fact, who knows. Maybe Marchant was supposed to be part of this deal as well, just like he was supposed to be part of the Fedorov deal.

At 5:49 p.m., September 26, 2008, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Hooray! Not nearly as painful as all the Burke-bashers assured me it would be, that's for sure.

Can't give Schneider away for free? Then give him away for Klee!

At 6:29 p.m., September 26, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Klee's gotta be going down to the AHL right?

If Bobby Ryan is traded to Toronto, we know something is up.

I have no idea what you are talking about ;)

At 7:45 p.m., September 26, 2008, Blogger Draft Dodger said...

Why didn't Atlanta just claim him off of waivers? Did they need to get rid of Klee's salary?

At 8:23 p.m., September 26, 2008, Blogger DMG said...

@ draft dodger,

I believe players claimed off waivers cannot be traded in the same season they are claimed. If that's the case, I'd guess the Thrashers (who will be nowehere near the postseason race this year) are hoping to trade Schneider to a contender in January or February and build up some assets.

At 8:24 p.m., September 26, 2008, Blogger Big Shooter said...

Atlanta didn't really need Klee and Schneider. Even though we are at the cap floor, our owners don't have a whole lot of money. This was a way we could still get Schneider for about $2 mil less than we could have gotten him for on waivers...

At 8:24 p.m., September 26, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Yes. The Thrashers have some serious issues in ownership that are going to keep the team's payroll low, and they likely had to move a salary out in order to be able to afford Schneider (who's now their second highest paid player).

At 8:25 p.m., September 26, 2008, Blogger Big Shooter said...

Good point DMG. Although I believe we are closer to the playoffs than some give us credit for, this move allows us to trade Schneider if we tank this year...

At 8:25 p.m., September 26, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

For some reason three of us answered all at once. So there you go.

At 8:36 p.m., September 26, 2008, Blogger Big Shooter said...


Now that I think about it, we picked up Recchi on waivers last year, and there was speculation that he would be traded at the deadline (of course, never happened).

I've heard in a few different places that someone picked up on waivers can't be traded in the same season. Is this correct?

At 10:15 p.m., September 26, 2008, Blogger Draft Dodger said...

well, I had to look it up.

section 13.20 (b) of the CBA:

"A Player who has been acquired by Waiver claim shall not be Traded to another Club until termination of Playoffs of the season in which he was acquired unless he is first offered on the same terms to the Club(s) that entered a claim when Waivers were requested originally and the offer has been refused."

since no other team claimed him, he would have been free to trade. so, I guess money is the answer.

At 1:35 a.m., September 27, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unbeliavble how Waddell has destroyed everything and still has a job. Wow, now Atlanta has 39yr. old puck moving D man.
Geez, he must be better than Coburn.
Tampa traded 4th pick (Joni Pitkanen) for Ruslan Fedotenko which is stupidity beyond belief but when you win Stanley Cup nobody is talking about it.
Atlanta won't win a thing. Period.
Btw, Waddell use to work for Red Wings. Why did they let him go? Hmm.


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