Lubomir Visnovsky Files Grievance With NHLPA Over Trade

Yesterday, Arthur Staple of Newsday tweeted that New York Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky filed a grievance with the NHLPA over his trade to the Anaheim Ducks, claiming that his no-trade clause is still valid and never asked his permission to make the deal.

Newsday reports that Visnovsky's agent claims that this grievance has nothing to do with his desire to play for the Islanders, and is a matter of "establishing what's right."

If Visnovsky wins his grievance, the trade would be canceled and he would remain property of the Ducks. If the loses the grievance, he remains a player of the New York Islanders. 

Newsday also reports that Visnovsky has told friends that he would still be interested in playing for the Islanders even if he wins the grievance. 

Either way, the Islanders will have to follow this situation closely, as it will greatly affect how their roster will look heading into next season. One of Garth Snow's missions was to acquire a top-four defenseman. It's possible that one of this summer's accomplishments could be completely removed.

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