Now, Visnovsky has filed a grievance with the NHLPA in hopes that it’ll void the trade.
Visnovsky has played in this league for 12 years and is a well-known and respected offensive defenseman around the league. This appears to be more about principle than about his preference in teams as Visnovsky’s agent, Neil Sheehy, states,
“Lubo has been in the league a long time and believes he should be treated properly, but this has nothing to do with the New York Islanders. Sheehy said. “This is no longer between a player and team. It’s now a collective bargaining issue.”
So this is now between the Ducks and Visnovsky with the NHLPA acting as the mediator. Another interesting fact is the New York Post states that Visnovsky voiced his displeasure of a trade and even referred to his no-trade and no-move clauses to Anaheim. If that is true, under what logic were the staff in Anaheim thinking?
The Isles have sat at the bottom of the Atlantic division for at least the past five years. Any player who’s at the age of 36 and hasn’t won the Stanley Cup, I assume, would want to go to a Cup contender. I am still in disbelief that “Lubo” was traded and I don’t blame him for being upset either; especially if he did have a no-trade clause.
Regardless, there is still a pretty good chance that Visnovsky will play for the Islanders given that the grievance hearing won’t be for several more weeks. It appears that the Islander’s staff has been understanding and accommodating with Visnovsky during this time, but it makes me wonder what Isles fans may think of this. As an outsider looking in I understand the principle behind this matter, but if Visnovsky doesn’t mind playing for the Isles then why even bring up an issue? It’s a slap in the face to the Islander organization for a veteran defenseman to basically say, “I don’t mind playing for you. Dont worry. This has nothing to do with you. It’s between the Ducks and I.” It does involve the Islanders because they made the trade to acquire you and now you feel that something in the past is significant enough to bring a case to the NHLPA.
What exactly is Visnovsky trying to get out of this? The right to say “I told you so” to the Ducks?
In the end, what will all of this accomplish any way?