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Arbitrator upholds Visnovsky trade to Islanders

Wednesday, 09.12.2012 / 1:41 PM / News


An arbitrator has upheld the June 22 trade that saw defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky acquired by the New York Islanders in exchange for a 2013 second-round NHL Draft pick.

Visnovsky had argued that his no-trade clause remained valid despite him waiving it in 2010 to accept a trade from the Edmonton Oilers to the Anaheim Ducks.

Agent Neil Sheehy told Newsday that Visnovsky accepts Wednesday's decision.

"This was a CBA issue between the NHL and the NHLPA," Sheehy said. "The language wasn't clear, it's clear now. The arbitrator made it clear. I fully accept it and [Lubomir] does as well, there are no issues. The arbitrator has spoken."

The 36-year-old blueliner had six goals and 21 assists in 68 games for the Ducks last season. He's had at least 30 points in seven of his 11 NHL seasons.

"As I said the night of the NHL Draft, we are extremely excited to add Lubomir to our roster and look forward to him joining our blue line this season," Islanders general manager Garth Snow said in a statement, according to Newsday.

In 771 NHL games with the Los Angeles Kings, Oilers and Ducks, Visnovsky has 117 goals, 333 assists and a plus-32 rating.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round