Posts Tagged ‘New York Islanders’


A decision has been rendered in the arbitration case of NHL defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky. The trade of the blueliner by the Anaheim Ducks to the New York Islanders was upheld. It was deemed that a no-trade clause was not in effect at the time of the trade. If there is no lockout of players, Visnovsky is expected to report to the Islanders’ training camp for the 2012-13 season.

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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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One day after Brian Rafalski announced his retirement, fellow Michigan-born NHLer Doug Weight called it a career today. The New York Islanders captain and 19-year veteran won’t go far, however, as he has accepted an assistant coaching position with the team. He will also serve as special assistant to Islanders GM Garth Snow.

Like Rafalski, Weight has an enviable resume having won the Stanley Cup in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes, a Silver Medal in one of three Olympic turns, a Gold Medal in the World Cup of Hockey, and making five All-Star appearances.

“Of course saying goodbye and never going to play again in the League is terrible. It’s tough,” Weight said. “It’s a sickening, sad feeling, but it’s also a new chapter to hopefully the greatest part of my life.”

Just as with Rafalski, nagging injuries played a part in Weight’s decision to retire. However, the 40-year-old centerman’s mind wasn’t made up for sure until recently.

“I don’t think you’re ready until that season because you’re always trying to get back, and over the last month I was fairly sure,” Weight said.

In his new coaching position, Weight will spend less time at the rink now that he won’t be training and practicing as a player. He looks forward to taking his career to another level.

“As an assistant coach, he’ll predominantly work on the power play. I think he has a lot to offer in that area,” Snow said. “Obviously with the production he’s had in this League and international tournaments, the wealth of knowledge, it’s a great hockey mind that can help get our team to the next level.”

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The New York Islanders announced that the team has signed Kyle Okposo to a five-year contract. Despite missing half of the 2010-11 season with a shoulder injury, the 23-year-old restricted free agent scored 5 goals and 15 assists in 38 games.

Okposo is part of an impressive young core of players which includes Rookie of the Year nominee Michael Grabner and Matt Moulson, who recently signed five-year and three-year contracts, respectively.

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Veteran goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has been suspended for refusing to report to the New York Islanders after the team claimed him off waivers last week. Islanders’ GM Garth Snow felt he had no other choice after he was unable to talk the goalie into reporting for duty over the weekend.

Nabokov signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings last Thursday but first had to clear waivers. When he was instead claimed by the Islanders, he chose to remain at his California home rather than report. The snub by Nabokov forced Snow’s hand, and the goalie was placed on suspension.

At this point, the Islanders have a few courses of action to take. They can put Nabokov through waivers again in order to trade him but risk getting nothing in return. They can keep him on suspension for the rest of the season and allow him to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, or they have the option to continue the suspension indefinitely until Nabokov honors his contract. As of now, Nabokov says he stands by his decision and will not report.

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