It’s official: Mathieu Schneider has been traded.
The defenseman and his $5.75 million contract are heading to Atlanta in exchange for defenseman Ken Klee, LW Brad Larsen and LW Chad Painchaud.
Of course, the Kings are themselves $17.8 million below the cap ceiling ($1.2 million below the cap floor) and Schneider lives within driving distance of Staples Center. The Kings’ future is a shade brighter, their team a shade younger than Atlanta’s … but apparently a 39-year-old defenseman is too risky an investment, even for just a year. Okayyyy.
But are the Ducks done dealing? Can they sign Selanne? Brian Burke will hold a teleconference shortly to clue us in. Stay tuned.