9.19.2008

Where's Matt headed?

Fans all over the league are anticipating that Anaheim Ducks defenseman Matt Schneider will be traded in the next 72 hours or so. I agree, however, here's a potential outcome with could-be interesting results: another KHL signing.

Look at the facts: As of right now, no team appears to want Schneider, who was both offered on the trading block, and placed on waivers without being claimed. Now, the last couple of unwanted players (Vitaly Vishnevski and Marcus Nilson) were quietly shipped of to the KHL with transfer deals that saved each NHL team money.

Perhaps we'll be seeing Omsk improve their defense with Mattew Schneideer? (The KHL stats page is notorious for re-spelling NHL player names, see Teebz's KHL updates blog).


UPDATE}- As explained by Teebz in a comment on that blog, the Russian alphabet doesn't actually have the same letters, and thus translates names differently (a.k.a. Marcel Hossa = Martsel Hossa). So honestly, not being a master of the Russian language (I can say hello, what is your name, yes, no, and football, so I'd be toast up there), I have no idea what Matt Schneider's name would translate to.

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