I have no idea why I’m so obsessed with Mathieu Schneider this whole pre-season, but I am. Luckily, for all of us, our long national nightmare is over: the Ducks finally traded him. He’s going to the Thrashers for defenseman Ken Klee and forwards Brad Larsen and Chad Painchaud.
I’m a huge Klee fan. He’s a true stay-at-home defenseman. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him step into the offensive zone. And I kind of like that old-school mentality. I’m not sure how that’ll work in Anaheim, though.
Meanwhile, I don’t think Schneider should buy anything in Atlanta. I suspect he’ll be moved by the trade deadline. Sometimes I feel like the Thrashers only sign and trade for players so they can ship them someplace else. I guess the old ATL is still a hub.
Also I’m glad Teemu Selanne got a two-year deal from Anaheim. Maybe we can avoid all of this roster drama next year.
Also, Puck Daddy had a nice tribute to Paul Newman and what he meant to hockey via the fantastic SLAP SHOT film. I’ve written about this before, but I have a Charlestown Chiefs t-shirt and whenever I wear it, people comment about the film. Not so much about Newman, but let’s put that aside for now.
Finally, if you’ve ever wanted to know if Bea Arthur has worked with Mario Lemieux, the answer is yes:
Now we need to update that PSA with Sidney Crosby.