Less than Nothing
I confess that I don’t get the Mathieu Schneider trade. I could understand an Atlanta decision to pick him up for nothing when they had a chance to get him on waivers. I could understand it if they waited and tried to pick him up at half price on reverse waivers.
Obviously, the Thrashers are not giving up three players to acquire the Anaheim defenseman, and just as obviously Brian Burke didn’t want Ken Klee et al because he was trying to clear cap space. This means that Don Waddell was unloading three contracts that he did not want. Fair enough, but why? None of the contracts are unreasonable. I guess I see why Atlanta would insist on Klee going the other way. Schneider takes his spot and $1.2 MM is $1.2 MM.
But the other two guys? They are on contracts that are near the minimum wage. What kind of salary dump involves minimum wage players? I don’t get it. Does Waddell have better minimum wage players around to replace them? They can’t be saving money offloading two marginal players to Anaheim.
About the only thing I do understand about the trade is that the three players Anaheim got in exchange for Schneider have an actual value of less than nothing.