IN NON-LOCKOUT RELATED NEWS…
Lubomir Visnovsky’s trade to the Islanders has been upheld by an arbitrator, and he’ll be an Islander should the 2012-13 season ever get off the ground.
Please recall the draft day deal in June that sent Visnovsky from Anaheim to the Islanders for a second round pick. About a month later, Visnovsky and his agent filed a grievance, stating that Visnovsky’s no-trade clause (from a deal with the LA Kings) was still valid, and while Visnovsky invoked the no-trade clause in a deal from Edmonton to Anaheim, he didn’t invoke it in the deal from Anaheim to the Islanders.
Once you invoke a no-trade clause (in this case, from Edmonton to Anaheim), the water becomes murky as to whether or not you retain the right to keep it upon arriving in your new city. In this case, it appears that Visnovsky never got the details ironed out, and he ended up getting dealt on draft day 2012.
The looming question? Why didn’t he file a grievance the day (or the week) he was traded? Visnovsky was dealt from the Ducks to the Islanders on June 22nd. He didn’t file a grievance with the league until nearly a month later.
Visnovsky’s agent says that Lubomir is “happy to be an Islander“. And that’s good, because Visnovsky is an instant upgrade to the Islander blue.
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