Report: Visnovsky files grievance on trade to Islanders Staff

7/23/2012 12:35:39 PM

Defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky has filed a grievance through the NHL Players' Association to void his trade to New York Islanders, according to Newsday.

Arthur Staple of Newsday reports that Visnovsky claims his no-trade clause - put in place for his contract with the Edmonton Oilers - is still valid because he did not invoke it when he was dealt to the Anaheim Ducks in 2010.

"This isn't an issue with the (Islanders)," Visnovsky's agent Neil Sheehy told Newsday. "It's a matter for the NHLPA/NHL to decide. He has a no-trade clause."

An arbitrator is expected to make a decision on the claim. Visnovsky has one season remaining on his contract which will pay him $3 million next season, while his contract carries a cap hit of $5.6 million.

The Anaheim Ducks traded Visnovsky, 35, to the Islanders last month for a second-round pick in the 2013 Draft.

In 49 games with the Ducks last season, Visnovsky has scored five goals and added 22 assists.

Visnovsky's had his best offensive season in 2010-11, his first full year with the Ducks, where he tied his career goal output with 18 and set a high with 50 assists and 68 points. He was also a career high plus-18. The Topolcany, Slovakia native was drafted in the fourth round, 118th overall of the 2000 NHL Draft by the Los Angeles Kings. He has scored 116 goals and 329 assists in 752 career NHL games with the Kings, Oilers and Ducks.