At last, the day arrives to sort out the strange case of Lubomir Visnovsky's no-trade clause, which has been ridden hard and nearly put away wet. Today Visnovsky has his arbitration hearing to determine whether the clause was still in effect and/or should have prevented his June 22 trade from the Anaheim Ducks to the New York Islanders.

For Visnovsky's part, he's voiced no ill will to his would-be acquiring team, as his agent Neil Sheehy told Newsday last month...:

"...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."

...but as you'll recall, Visnovsky's been shipped off multiple times since he signed the original contract with the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings are the team where he'd spent all seven of his NHL seasons up to the day in 2008 when they sent him packing -- just one day before that NTC was to kick in:


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