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Report: Visnovsky’s grievance hearing to take place Sep. 4

Aug 19, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

Lubomir Visnovsky AP

The New York Post’s Larry Brooks reports that the league will hear Lubomir Visnovsky‘s grievance on Sep. 4.

Visnovsky is attempting to block a trade that sent him from the Anaheim Ducks to the New York Islanders.

There’s a chance that things could be a bit awkward regardless of how that hearing plays out.

If he sticks with the Isles, it will be common knowledge that he didn’t really want to land at Long Island. On the other hand, the Ducks attempted to get rid of Lubo, so that could be a bit strange too.

Visnovsky made headlines yesterday after crashing a race car in Slovakia, which reportedly didn’t leave him with “serious injuries.”

Whether he’s in Anaheim or Long Island, Visnovsky would likely admit that it’s been an eventful and stressful summer.

  1. sportmentary - Aug 19, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Don Cherry might be flamboyant and sometime say crazy things but he knows his hockey. If he is right and the lockout lasts 2 months, the NHL and NHLPA will have destroyed the best opportunity for success in its history. What a bunch of incompetent clowns.

  2. bcisleman - Aug 19, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Of course, no one knows if there will even be a season. That would raise the question–if there is no season–of what happens to the 2nd round pick the Isles offered for Vis.

    Assuming, for the sake of argument, that there is a season, what is going on with Vis. On the one hand, he has filed the grievance and everyone who is not an Isles’ fan including O’Brien believes that means he doesn’t want to play for the Isles.

    On the other hand, Vis has several times affirmed that he’ll play for the Isles and that the grievance s directed at Anaheim and not the Isles. This sounds contradictry, but maybe it isn’t. Maybe if Vis wins, he’ll play for the Isles but have his NTC intact in the event the Isles are out of contention at the deadline and want to move him. Vis would thenbe able to control his own destiny and dictate a move to, say, the Red Wings or Vancouver.

    My hunch is that the season will be delayed by a couple of months–which might work out well given how the Isles have fared in October and November the last few years–and Vis will be an Islander. If Boyes and Vis contribute as I hope and the goaltending is decent, the Isles might return to the playoffs for the first time in 5 years. We’ll see.

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