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Report: Visnovsky’s trade grievance remains in limbo

Aug 6, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

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Arthur Staple reports that the NHL still hasn’t scheduled an arbitration hearing for Lubomir Visnovsky‘s grievance with the Anaheim Ducks.

The speedy defenseman is attempting to block a trade to the New York Islanders, claiming that they essentially ignored his no-trade clause.

The Ducks (seemingly) sent Visnovsky to Long Island for a 2013 second-rounder on June 22. The unusual news broke regarding his grievance almost a month later on July 23.

Visnovsky’s contract actually could theoretically benefit both lower-budget teams because his cap hit ($5.6 million) is significantly higher than his $3 million salary in 2012-13.

Beyond those money concerns, “Lubo” is just a season removed from an outstanding 68-point season that attracted some Norris Trophy buzz in 2010-11. He joined the Ducks via a trade with Ryan Whitney.

The reason for the holdup is unclear. One might lean toward how unusual the situation is or point out that the NHL is busy with the CBA negotiations, though.

  1. elemeno89 - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    suck it up and play.

    • killerpgh - Aug 6, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      IF the trade violates his contract he has every right to do what he is doing. Why should he suck it up and play if a right he was given in his contract is not followed? Most likely nothing will come for this but I would imagine the NHLPA is just using this as a way to try and close the “loophole” in the contract language that allows some players NMC/NTC to go away after they are not with the team they signed the deal with.

      • elemeno89 - Aug 6, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        wouldnt you think that this would have come up earlier IF the trade violated the ntc… as a player/employee wouldn’t you want to know your employment agreement in and out, what about the gm’s responsibility of knowing what he is trading and the confinements of the player’s contract? idk, seems fishy to me that it came up a MONTH later, and it seems like hes trying to find an out from playing for the islanders much like nabakov.

        but again thats on the assumption that it doesn’t violate the contract…

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:17 PM

        I heard an interview about this a couple of weeks ago and here’s the issue: he was traded a few years ago from Edmonton to Anaheim (I believe) before his original no trade clause kicked in, when a player goes to a new team his no trade clause does not go with him, instead it’s up to the new team to agree to it and allow they player to have it, so in this case he likely never had a no trade clause when he thought that he did.

  2. killerpgh - Aug 6, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    He had a NTC when he signed his contract with the Oilers. He waived it to go to the Ducks. Now it gets into all the legal laugague if that NTC is still valid. Some contract like Jeff Cater/Mike Richards last off season lost their NTC/NMC once they were traded. They didn’t wave their rights. Cater lost his right to have his NMC/NTC before he ever had it. He signed his extension and got traded before it kicked in. This is the NHLPA trying to better serve its members and strengthen itself.

    • elemeno89 - Aug 6, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      thanks i appreciate this.

      • killerpgh - Aug 6, 2012 at 6:50 PM

        No problem.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      Bingo! I heard this in an interview a few weeks ago, he lost his no trade clause before he ever had it, sorry I replied to the other post without seeing that you had it covered.

  3. charleslouis99 - Aug 6, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    wonder if he would fit in St Louis
    with pietro
    I know he had a bad year last year but the goalie situation wasnt pretty for the most part in anaheim

  4. almightgirthjoxx - Aug 6, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    sorry but nobody wants to move to st louis unless they are forced to. only thing good that ever came from there is your bbq sauce. stay stumpy SCA

    • charleslouis99 - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:09 PM

      Chris pronger moved here awhile ago.

    • charleslouis99 - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      Who would want to go to Pittsburgh huh? Nothing but a team of divas

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