by PuckStopsHere on 07/23/12 at 02:37 PM ET
During the draft the New York Islanders acquired Lubomir Visnovsky from the Anaheim Ducks for a second round draft pick in 2013. Visnovsky is a very talented player who deserved Norris Trophy consideration in 2011. Last season was not nearly as strong and there are rumors that he is no longer as dedicated to his career and starting to look forward to retirement. One Islanders interest in Visnovsky appears to be the fact that his actual salary of $3 million is less than his salary cap hit of $5.6 million and this allows the Isles to spend to the salary floor on paper without actually spending to the salary floor.
Soon after the trade Visnovsky announced that he would consider playing in the KHL instead of reporting to Long Island. It is now about a month later and he now claims he had a valid no trade clause and thus the trade is void. It is odd that it took him a month to claim this.
Visnovsky has a no trade clause in the contract that he signed in Edmonton in 2008. He did not invoke it upon his trade to Anaheim. The claim is that as a result of that the no trade clause is gone. That claim doesn’t make sense to me. It is clear that the opposite situation existed with Ryan Smyth who waived his no trade clause to go from Colorado to Los Angeles but forced the Kings to trade him to Edmonton - even as a poor hockey deal.
A grievance has been filed by the NHLPA and this case will go to arbitration. It seems that a no trade clause is a no trade clause and thus should void the trade. It also seems that it is really odd that it took a month for that argument to have been brought up. This case is rather odd.
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