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Visnovsky files grievance, hopes to nix trade to Isles

Jul 23, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

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Lubomir Visnovsky doesn’t want to be a New York Islander. The 35-year-old defenseman has filed a grievance through the NHLPA seeking to reverse the trade that sent him from Anaheim to Long Island in June, arguing his no-trade clause is still valid.

Newsday’s Arthur Staples broke the news and reports that the Ducks will oppose the grievance in arbitration. If Anaheim wins, Visnovsky goes to the Islanders. If Visnovsky wins, he’s back with the Ducks.

Either way, it’ll be…awkward.

There’s been no official comment from the Isles, but according to Staples, “they aren’t happy.”

Visnovsky has one year left on his contract. He’ll be paid $3 million in 2012-13, but his cap hit is an Isles-friendly $5.6 million.

  1. spizzjr - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Would only happen to the isles hey lube call Nabokov he will tell you it’s a nice team to play for

  2. Bagel Salad - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Visnovsky-Streit has(d)? the potential to be a really smooth defensive pairing. Oh well.

  3. DED - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    That first link is broken.
    It should be:

    There’s nothing on CapGeek about Visnovsky having a NTC so somebody’s paperwork is messed up somewhere.

    • davebabychreturns - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

      Capgeek is a free service and while it provides great rosterbating material for hockey fans (and Steve Tambellini) there are no real guarantees about their information being comprehensive.

      • DED - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        No disagreement, davebabychreturns. CapGeek missing the NTC is entirely within the range of possibilities.

    • Jason Brough - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      Thanks for the link update. Fixed now.

      • DED - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        No problem. :)

  4. bcisleman - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Hard to believe Ducks & Isles did not have all their–forgive me–ducks in a row on this one before completing the trade. Vis may be hoping to convince Garth to void the trade. If so, he needs to re-read press clippings about Nabokov, Evgenyi. Vis will only make his entrance w/ the Isles more awkward and might motivate Garth to move him again at the deadline if one of the youngsters is ready to step in.

  5. stevierod - Jul 23, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    I wouldn’t want to get traded to the Islanders either… Ask Yashin how he liked his stay there.

    • mathieug79 - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:26 PM

      I dont think he minds, the guy’s been out of hockey for a while, and they’re still paying him. He’s just sitting at home collecting cheques, almost ala Rick Dipietro the only difference rick being cripple.

    • bcisleman - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      He liked it just fine. It was the Islanders who bought him out and Islander fans who were glad to see th back of him & don’t want him back at all.

      Better off asking Nabby how he likes it. Just fine apparently since he decided to extend. In fact, the only players Garth Snow has been unable to retain were Jason Blake and PA Parenteau who wanted too much money and too long a term….but were quite willing to return had Snow been willing to pay their inflated demands.

  6. hitem396 - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    from where is he arguing his NTC is still valid?

    • TestSubjekt - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:28 PM

      I’d love to know the details about his NTC. Why does he think it’s still valid? Why did the two teams think it wasn’t?

  7. kwall55 - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Would be a nice pick up for the Wings..

  8. bcisleman - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Why was my comment removed?

    • bcisleman - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      Thank you for putting my comment back up. I guess there have been a few glitches on this thread.

  9. thepurp1 - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    He is 35, what if the guy has family and doesn’t want to move kids to new school? He can retire I guess. Just saying, seems like more now than ever, these guys want to stay close to home.

  10. bcisleman - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Vis is hard to figure. He has told Arthur Staple that he has no problem with the Islanders, is very impressed with them and intends to play for them no matter what happens with his grievance.

    Was he lying to Staple? Hard to say, but it doesn’t make sense to me that he would pursue this thing just to make a point. He may want to pressure the Islanders into trading him to a Western Conference team, but Garth Snow has shown that he won’t respond to such pressure tactics.

    Probably he will wind up playing for the Islanders. We’ll see whether he gets extended.

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