THE MORNING SKATE: Visnovsky Hearing, Reinhart Gears Up for WHL Season

Yesterday was finally the day where Lubomir Visnovsky got his day in arbitration and we’re all one step closer towards a resolution in the case of his mysterious no-trade clause. Visnovsky filed a grievance with the league in July after his June 22nd trade to the Islanders from Anaheim, claiming that he had a no-trade clause in place and should have been consulted by the Ducks before the trade. That’s not to say he would or would not agree to a trade to the Islanders but that he feels he was wronged by his employer by not being treated fairly. If he wins the grievance, it’ll certainly make for an interesting situation as to whether the trade gets a re-do or is abandoned entirely.

There won’t be a decision today and there’s been no formal mention of when we should expect a resolution, so expect this to go on quietly for a bit. You may now begin placing side bets as to which happens quicker; a Visnovsky ruling or a new CBA (the overwhelming favorite likely the former).

LightHouse Hockey has a great breakdown of the issues surrounding the trade. Back in 2008, the Kings sent Visnovsky to the Oilers, one day before a the no-trade clause was supposed to kick in. This leads to the main question in the case being what happened during Visnovsky’s subsequent trade when the Oilers sent him to the Ducks.  From Dom Jansky:

He played almost two seasons in Edmonton before the Oilers sent him packing again — happily for him, they at least sent him back to Southern California. That’s where things get foggy.

  • Did the Oilers agree to honor his NTC when they took him on? (The CBA bizarrely says an acquiring team doesn’t have to honor the clause if it hasn’t kicked in yet.)
  • If so, did he then waive it to accept the trade to the Ducks? And if that, then does that affect whether the clause still applies to future trades?

It’s really a weird situation since we’re going over a NTC that is nearly five years and three teams old, so please give Dom’s article a full read.

 

GRIFFIN REINHART PREPS FOR WHL SEASON

While the NHL is seriously entertaining the thought of another lockout, there is still hockey moving right on schedule and ready to be played elsewhere. One of those places is the WHL where fourth overall pick Griffin Reinhart is getting ready to start another season with the Edmonton Oil Kings. For Reinhart, it was a short summer with the draft, Memorial Cup and a case of mono:

“It was a pretty short summer with the run-up to the Memorial Cup and then right after with the (NHL) combine and then a couple combines with some teams, then straight to the draft,” said Reinhart, who returned to Edmonton around Thursday midnight after spending most of the week at the NHLPA rookie showcase in Toronto.

“I had a month off and, for the first week of that, I had mono, then went to the (Canadian) U-20 camp, then to Toronto and straight here.”

Part of the article featured Reinhart’s coach with the Oil Kings, Derek Laxdal. Laxdal thinks the young defender should stay for another year in the WHL:

Reinhart has the potential to stick in the NHL, especially with an Islanders team thin on the back end, but Laxdal feels another year in junior would serve the blue-liner well.

“Every kid wants to play at the highest level and the pay cheque is nice also, but his sense of urgency has to improve to get up to an NHL pace,” Laxdal said. “He’s got certain areas in his game that are naturally going to improve.

“To come down here and be the guy would probably be good for him, but if he ends up making the NHL, we’ll do nothing but wish him the best.”

 

SOUND TIGER HOUSEKEEPING

Two more Sound Tigers have headed to Europe. Tomas Marcinko, #31 in our prospect rankings (series to be finished soon), is in Sweden for a tryout with MoDo. Tony Romano is also headed to Europe.