"Wait...you said the Islanders? Oh. Yeah, no."

So this is…something I’ve never actually seen before (this doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened, it just means that my limited scope of the world hasn’t encountered it). So, remember about a month back when the man with all the accents (vowels?), Ľubomír Višňovský, was traded to the Islanders? Yeah, turns out that he’s not big on that idea.

On the surface, there’s nothing particularly thrilling about this news. Players use their no trade clauses to block trades all the time, blah blah boring. Here’s the thing though, Višňovský got traded a full month ago (ok, technically a month and a day ago) and didn’t say a word until now, which is odd. Did he not hear the news until this morning? Oh yeah, also this.

So not only did he wait a month to invoke it, but he technically waited 2 years. Okay, I know that’s not technically true. But it kind of is. Yeah. Think about it.

As it stands, if Višňovský wins in arbitration, he goes back to the Ducks and, one would assume, the 2013 draft pick the Islanders sent in return would once again become their property. The whole thing is kind of a clusterfuck and I find it incredibly amusing. What it does show is that, other than John Tavares and Matt Moulson, nobody wants to play for the Islanders. I’m sure we all remember the whole Evgeni Nabokov situation from a couple years back. You know, the one where he flat out refused to play for the Islanders to which they, rightly, suspended him for the remainder of the season? Nabokov, of course, would end up playing for the Islanders last season because I guess it’s better than not playing but, yeesh, the Islanders seem to have a problem. It’s not that they’re bad (they are, though) it’s that nobody wants to play for them.

The New York Islanders are the Toronto Raptors of the NHL. That does not bode well for them going forward.

Comments (8)

  1. Except that the way waivers and signings work right now is stupid. Nabby signed for Detroit and instead Garth Snow picked him up actually expecting him to play for the Isles! I mean come on! This is old news, the Islanders suck, not just on the ice but at management, marketing, financial and economic levels which means their fanbase is also sorely lacking. The quicker they relocate to a Canadian (or other big) market the better.

  2. We love our Islanders. Visnovsky will be fine here on the Island. Most of the garbage you hear about the Isles is long in the past or just plain nonsense. Vis will see once he gets here.

  3. This has nothing to do with the Isles. He probably would have done this to any Eastern team. He’s a year or two away from retirement; he doesn’t want to move his family (or spend the next 6 months+ away from them).

    And if you are going to bring up Nabokov can you at least mention the extension he signed on his own free will?

    And I guess Grabner, Neilsen & Okposo signing extensions doesn’t count either?

    I know the stench Mike Milbury has left on this team prevents them from getting any of the top level free agents but you don’t have to exaggerate it.

    • But it’s fun.

      But, seriously, those are all good and valid points. I was speaking more to marquee players (though I guess neither Visnovsky nor Nabokov could be considered “marquee” anymore).

    • I was thinking the same about Nabokov, clearly him And Visnovsky are far from elite. Isles have been in rebuild mode just like the oilers, and while many people think they will be a dynasty, NY will be better than the oilers next year so they must be doing something right. (for a change, see Yashin/DiPietro etc.) I became an Islander fan for a while as a kid when LaFomtaine scored the most memorable goal for me during childhood in that OT vs the Caps, when they knocked out the Pens in ’93 (I think), and of course when Turgeon got there, so it’s been a little sad to see the turn they took for the worse lately, but if they could get somewhere on a new building, they would be looking good for the future.

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