Visnovsky's Hearing To Take Place This Tuesday

The New York Islanders will finally have a better picture of what their defense will look like in 2013 as Lubomir Visnovsky's arbitration hearing is set to take place in just three days on September 4th. (Photo Credit: Bridget Samuels/Flickr)

As many of you know, Visnovsky filed a grievance with the NHLPA stating that the trade from the Anaheim Ducks to the Isles voided his No-Trade Clause and that the Ducks never approached him about the deal when they should have. However, the Ducks state that his NTC was used when the Edmonton Oilers dealt him to the Ducks in 2010.

If Visnovsky wins the decision, he remains part of the Ducks organization. If he loses, the trade stands and he is a member of the New York Islanders.

There have also been reports stating that his grievance was filed only to make sure he gets what he deserves out of his contract and not for a disapproval of playing for the Islanders.

Per Arthur Staple's article in Newsday:

"[General manager Garth Snow] has been great to him, they've had good conversations and Lubo likes what he's heard about how they want to use him," Neil Sheehy, Visnovsky's agent, said. "But this has really nothing to do with the Islanders. For Lubo, this is about establishing what's right and whether a team has the right to move him in the manner that they did."

Sheehy's comments allow the suggestion that Visnovsky could very well still end up playing for the Islanders even if he wins the arbitration hearing.

Then why go through this whole process? Well, I can't give an answer to that one.

But what the Islanders do need is a definite answer on Tuesday as to what jersey Visnovsky will be wearing by the time the season opens up (whenever that may be). If he is not on the Islanders roster, GM Garth Snow will have regained his second round pick in 2013 and would need to find another suitable replacement to be included in the team's top four defense.

Mark Streit, Travis Hamonic and Andrew MacDonald currently round out the top three spots and could seriously benefit from having an offensive minded defenseman like Visnovsky in that group. Newly acquired defenseman, Matt Carkner will likely round out the sixth spot as a crease clearing bruiser while either Matt Donovan, Calvin de Haan or Aaron Ness take the fifth spot.

A clearer picture will be painted by Tuesday. Stay tuned for further updates.

-Rob McGowan
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