Mathieu Schneider Traded from Thrashers to Canadiens

Fred PoulinCorrespondent IFebruary 16, 2009

Veteran defenseman Mathieu Schneider has been traded by the Atlanta Thrashers to the Montreal Canadiens for draft picks (apparently a second and a third draft pick).

In 44 games with the Thrashers this season, Schneider has four goals and 11 assists for 15 points. He has been playing very well lately after a rough start.

He was acquired by Atlanta from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Brad Larsen, Ken Klee, and prospect Chad Painchaud before the season.

Schneider, 39, played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1988 to 1995. He won a Stanley Cup with the Habs in 1993.

Schneider, a power play specialist, is a great puck-moving defenseman that should help the game transition of the Canadiens. He will likely man the point with Markov on the first unit.

Thank God the Gorges experiment on the power play is over. The odd man out will likely be Ryan O'Byrne, who will be demoted to the AHL. Patrice Brisebois becomes the seventh defenseman, as expected.

Edit: The Canadiens will get a third- , fourth-, or fifth-round pick in the 2009 draft depending on their performance this season.

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