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Visnovsky Wants Trade Voided

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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1) If he has a valid NHL contract he can NOT play in the KHL. Else we’ll have another war, ala the Radulov incident, on our hands.
2) If we were the Isles we’d say good riddence. Doesn’t sound like he wants to play for them, so get the 2nd round pick back and let the Ducks deal with him!

Posted by Fauxrumors on 07/23/12 at 03:49 PM ET

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It’s a shame that the Islanders have come to this. They’ve got an ancient building with a move looking increasingly likely. The rebuild is looking promising, but hasn’t been able to turn the corner. They have trouble keeping top talent and they’ve reached a point where players flat-out refuse to play here on the Island.

Posted by beardChamp on 07/23/12 at 03:50 PM ET

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1) @beard: The Isles are all but assured of leaving Nassau County. Question is only when and where they end up.  Brooklyn looks to be a short term possibility. Its built and ready. 
2) I have had an (unconfirmed) source tell me that Wang intends to move after this season is over and not wait until 2015 when the lease runs out.  Yes, considering what a model franchise this used to be its sad to see what a joke they have become

Posted by Fauxrumors on 07/23/12 at 03:56 PM ET

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I’m under the impression that NTCs are only valid with the team with which you sign your contract. So if you sign a NTC deal with the Stars and get traded to the Wings because you waived or have a window in your no move clause, they can now deal you as if you never had a NTC in the first place.

Posted by Wonderogre on 07/23/12 at 04:03 PM ET

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Hmmm… wonder what he’d think about playing in a Wings jersey…

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 07/23/12 at 05:16 PM ET

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I can see the Belle tire promo ads now: Buy 4 tires, get a free oil change and Lubomir.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 07/23/12 at 05:41 PM ET

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