ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Anaheim Ducks have finally found a new home for Mathieu Schneider.
The NHL team dealt the veteran defenceman to the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday for blue-liner Ken Klee and wingers Brad Larsen and Chad Painchaud.
Ducks GM Brian Burke has been trying to trade Schneider for weeks to help get his team under the salary cap.
Schneider is due to earn US$5.75 million this season - meaning Anaheim will save at least $3 million as a result of this deal. Klee ($1.25 million), Larsen ($560,000) and Painchaud ($565,000) would count $2.5 million against the cap if they all play in the NHL this season.
The 39-year-old Schneider spent just one season with the Ducks, recording 12 goals and 39 points in 65 games. He was signed last summer when it looked like Scott Niedermayer would retire and became expendable when the team captain decided to return mid-season.