After the Habs decided to move forward with Plan B with Robert Lang, it was expected the dominoes would fall. And they did, but not like this.
It was announced today that veteran Mathieu Schneider was placed on waivers by the Ducks, after months of speculation that Schneider would be dealt after Sundin makes his decision. It was heavily rumoured that Schneider would be heading to an Eastern Conference team, or perhaps cross town and join the Kings, who are still trying to get to the cap floor. There were as many as 5 teams interested in Schneider’s services, but now that teams don’t have to give up assets to nab him, there could be as many as 20 teams interested in picking him up.
With Schneider gone it means that the Ducks will have some cap room to sign Teemu Selanne, who Finnish news sources have claimed that he has informed Ducks management that he intends on returning. Unfortunately, to make enough room for Selanne, whose contract may include a low fixed salary but bonus-laden, the Ducks will have to make some more room, as for the first time under the new CBA there will be no bonus cushion.
I think it’s unlikely that any team will take Schneider off waivers right now, because no team is in dire need of a defenseman. A lot of teams’ rosters are pretty much set, but the Ducks may elect to put Schneider through re-entry waivers so that teams can claim him for half the price. The downside to that, of course, is the assumption that no team will snatch him up before he enters re-entry waivers.