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The murky details of the arbitration requested by former Anaheim Ducks defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky are becoming a bit clearer. What is at question is whether or not his no-trade clause was in effect at the time he was traded by the Los Angeles Kings to the Edmonton Oilers, and then to the Anaheim Ducks who have now dealt him to the New York Islanders.

Visnovsky made his case to an arbiter this week. If the arbiter rules in his favor, Visnovsky could remain a Duck for the final season of his contract. However, if the ruling goes against him, he would end up with the New York Islanders – the team to which Anaheim traded him in June. NHL fans await the ruling.

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Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray has been busy since the 2011-12 season ended and Free Agency kicked off on July 1. Most notably, Murray stated that winger Teemu Selanne has been weighing his annual decision of whether or not he’ll return for another season. Murray announced that he and the Finnish Flash spoke last weekend and soon thereafter stated that talks continued last week just prior to the July 4 holiday. As fans will recall, the past two seasons Selanne waited until the week before training camp to agree to another season. It’s hoped that with all the changes Murray is making to the Ducks roster, Selanne will decide sooner than this September.

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau seems hopeful that Selanne will return noting that the team’s elder statesman (who turned 42 on July 3) has been skating, seems up-beat, and is in great shape. The coach feels strongly that the future Hall of Famer is leaning toward saying yes.

Should Selanne agree to return, it will be to a team that’s seeing a bit of an off-season shake-up. Murray has already announced that the team traded forward Jason Blake and that forward Nicklas Hagman will not be returning. Murray says the team also traded fan favorite Lubomir Visnovsky who led all defensemen in points during the 2010-11 season but who underperformed last season after suffering a series of injuries. Another fan favorite, defenseman George Parros, has signed as a free agent with the Florida Panthers for two years at $925,000. Also leaving the Ducks is free agent defenseman Sheldon Brookbank who signed with the Chicago Blackhawks.

New faces entering the lineup are Sheldon Souray (formerly with Dallas) who agreed to a three-year, $11 million deal and Bryan Allen (formerly with Carolina) who inked a three-year contract worth $10.5 million. Souray is particularly excited about the deal because his family lives in Southern California and he owns a home in Malibu. Souray played with current Ducks forward Saku Koivu when they were with the Montreal Canadiens and says he’s never played with a better captain. During his decision-making, Souray spoke to Koivu about the situation in Dallas and with Anaheim and was thrilled that the opportunity to play in Anaheim presented itself.

In addition to those transactions, Murray must now turn his attention to forward Bobby Ryan who has apparently told the press that he’s tired of his name coming up in reference to trade talks, so he implied that he wants to be traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. Ryan recently signed a five-year deal worth approximately $5.2 million per season, so Murray is all the more disappointed that his young winger’s comments were made to the media instead of to management. Murray said he would be speaking to Ryan soon, and fans hope he’ll be able to smooth Ryan’s feathers (pun intended).

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Many trades were made prior to the July 1 opening of the NHL’s 2011 Free Agency, and media outlets have declared James Wisniewski the big winner. Just two days before the open of Free Agency, the Montreal Canadiens traded the rights to the defenseman to the Columbus Blue Jackets who had roughly 48 hours to sign him or allow him to become a free agent. The Jackets were able to lock Wisniewski for six years at a reported $33 million. In exchange for the 27-year-old, the Canadiens received a 2012 7th-round draft pick.

Follow the news on trades as it developments at NHL Trade Tracker.

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At the end of the 2011 NHL Trade Deadline on Monday, Feb. 28, there were a few significant deals made. To see who was traded where, check out the team-by-team snapshot:



NHL Trades

With the Feb. 28 trade deadline quickly approaching, many NHL GMs are spending quite a bit of time on the phone making deals that will hopefully improve their teams’ chances of making the playoffs. To follow the latest action, check out the NHL Trade Tracker:

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