Islanders' trade for Lubomir Visnovsky upheld
An arbitrator has upheld the Islanders' acquisition of defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky from the Ducks.
The NHL Players' Association had filed a grievance to void the June 22 trade for a second-round draft pick in 2013, contending that the 36-year-old Visnovsky had a no-trade clause that required asking his permission to be traded.
Neil Sheehy, Visnovsky's agent, said he and his client accepted the decision.
"This was a CBA issue between the NHL and the NHLPA," he said. "The language wasn't clear, it's clear now. The arbitrator made it clear. I fully accept it and Lubo does as well, there are no issues. The arbitrator has spoken."
Visnovsky will be entering the final year of a five-year contract for $28 million negotiated with the Oilers in 2008. He played the last three years for the Ducks, where he had 29 goals and 79 assists in 165 games.
"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.