Schneider in his first Montreal stint.

Schneider in his first Montreal stint.

According to TSN.ca, the Montreal Canadiens have reacquired veteran defenseman Mathieu Schneider from the Atlanta Thrashers for a second-round draft pick in ’09 and a third-round pick in ’10.

The reeling Habs have suffered a major downturn on the power play this season, and Schneider — who previously played for Montreal from 1989 to 1995 — should help make up for the production that was lost over the last couple of years when Sheldon Souray and Mark Streit departed via free agency.

Pat Hickey over at the Habs Inside/Out blog has more details plus some audio clips of Montreal general manager Bob Gainey.

MK: This is a solid move by the Habs to add a talented veteran without touching their own personnel. But the Habs are still way thin up front in the aftermath of the Robert Lang injury. They’ll need to make at least one more move to get back to contender status, and their surplus on D might help them do that. With a cap hit north of $5.6 million, Schneider’s contract was obviously too rich for the Bruins’ blood.