Anaheim Ducks' Mathieu Schneider is dealt to the Atlanta Thrashers
Anaheim Ducks defenseman Mathieu Schneider is on his way to the Atlanta Thrashers after being traded today for defenseman Ken Klee, forward Brad Larsen and prospect Chad Painchaud, a left wing who was drafted in the fourth round in 2004. Painchaud will be optioned directly to the Ducks' AHL affiliate in Iowa.
The combined salary of Klee and Larsen is about $1.7 million. So by sending Schneider's $5.75 million contract to Atlanta, the Ducks will save about $3.8 million, enough to move under the salary cap by about $1.4 million. That's not likely to be enough to clear the way for the Ducks to sign veteran forward Teemu Selanne, who is currently in camp on a pro tryout agreement -- as the Ducks try to find a way to accommodate his salary.
Selanne made a base salary of $3.5 million in 2006 and a pro-rated salary of $1.5 last season, when he didn't return to the team until January. Ducks General Manager Brian Burke was scheduled to do a conference call at 2:30 p.m.
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-- Dan Arritt
Note: Updated at 4:21 p.m. to correct Painchaud's new team.
Photo: Mathieu Schneider playing for the Ducks against the Kings in an NHL game on Jan. 24 at Staples Center. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times