Kevin Allen on USAToday.com just reported that Mathieu Schneider has been put on waivers
by the Anaheim Ducks. This was a move so the Ducks could get under the cap and re-sign Teemu Selanne.
Schneider is 39 and has one year left on his deal at 5.75 million dollars.Forecaster.ca
has this to say about Schneider:
ASSETS: Has a great point shot and adds an offensive dimension to any team he plays for. Skates well laterally. Is especially productive on the power play.
FLAWS: Injuries have become a major issue over time, as he appears incapable of staying healthy for the entire season. Can get caught out of position.
CAREER POTENTIAL: Power play quarterback.
Next question, would the Jackets be interested?
The Jackets have the cap room and could certainly use some more PP QB help, but don't exepct them to claim the 39-year-old at that price. They'll roll with what they have for now.
Where it could get really interesting is if nobody claims him and Anaheim runs him back through the waiver wire where teams could get him at half that price. If I'm the Jackets I think pretty hard about that one as Schneider, while older and injury prone, would add some nice offensive pop to the blueline and you're only on the hook for 2.875 million dollars for one year.
Of course adding another d-man to an already crowded blueline would certainly mean Howson would have to move one or two guys out.