So the long awaited move has finally happened . Burke managed to unload Schneider to get his team under the cap. The trade looked liek this :
Anaheim aqcuired: Ken Klee (1.250), Brad Larsen (.560), Chad Painchaud(.100)
Atlanta acquired: Mathieu Schneider (5.625)
Now here comes the question . Who do you think won that trade?
We all know Anaheim's one intetion was to get under the cap . Without weakining themselves to much. Also it should be added that when Burke was trying to deal Schneider he did not want to include Bobby Ryan in any package . As quoted in a interview I got off Nhl.com
What we have done here today is accomplish two goals, in my mind. We have gotten under the cap and we’ve managed to do it without parting with Bobby Ryan, ” Burke said. “ A number of the proposals we received – and two of the more dogged and determined ones – would have required us to put Bobby Ryan in the deal. That was something we did not want to do. To me, that was a major goal and both those goals got accomplished today.”
Now as for Atlanta , it seems they are taking the post-lock out route of building a good team with goalie out. They have their starter in place and have the makings of a good D-corps . Now with Schneider added they possess that puck moving D-man they sorely needed last year . Schneider obviously brings steady D and good offencive vision. He will improve the Thrasher PP give one more threat from the point . Also his prescence indirectly may prompt Kovalchuk sign long-term as he wants to play for a team that has a shot at the cup.Schneider may even perhaps help Kozlov find his game again with his ability to set people up from the point.
So let me ask you , whodo you think won the trade?
In my view , I believe it would have to be considered a bit of a toss up. Both teams achieved their goals without giving up key players. But if I had to choose . I would say Atlanta for what Schneider can bring to the table and the fact that if they are out of playoff contention they can deal him and get a good return , to help them further.
Just my take , what do you all think?