Lubomir Visnovsky doesn’t want to be a New York Islander. The 35-year-old defenseman has filed a grievance through the NHLPA seeking to reverse the trade that sent him from Anaheim to Long Island in June, arguing his no-trade clause is still valid.
Newsday’s Arthur Staples broke the news and reports that the Ducks will oppose the grievance in arbitration. If Anaheim wins, Visnovsky goes to the Islanders. If Visnovsky wins, he’s back with the Ducks.
Either way, it’ll be…awkward.
There’s been no official comment from the Isles, but according to Staples, “they aren’t happy.”
Visnovsky has one year left on his contract. He’ll be paid $3 million in 2012-13, but his cap hit is an Isles-friendly $5.6 million.