The Ducks announced today they have traded defenseman Mathieu Schneider
to the Atlanta Thrashers
in exchange for defenseman Ken Klee
, left wing Brad Larsen
and left wing prospect Chad Painchaud
The veteran Schneider had long been the subject of trade rumors since the Ducks are currently over the NHL salary cap of $56.7 million and need to make room to sign All-Star winger Teemu Selanne.
Klee, 37 (4/24/71), appeared in 72 contests with Atlanta in 2007-08, earning 1-9=10 points. The Indianapolis, IN native appeared in a career-high 81 contests with Colorado in 2006-07, leading the club in plus/minus (+18). The blueliner achieved career bests in assists (25) and points (29) while with Toronto in 2003-04. A veteran of 863 NHL games with five clubs (Washington, Toronto, New Jersey, Colorado and Atlanta), Klee has collected 54-130=184 points with 852 penalty minutes (PIM) and a career +21 rating. Originally selected by Washington in the ninth round (177th overall) of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-1, 210-pound defenseman has also appeared in 51 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests, reaching the Eastern Conference Final with Washington in 1998.
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