Let's get in our Deloreans and head back to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The Ducks were one of the first 'big' moves of the day. The team sent veteran defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky to the New York Islanders for a second round draft pick in the 2013 draft. We were all bummed to see Lubo go, but one couldn't deny that his career ultimately peaked in the 2010-2011 season when he had 18 goals, 50 assists and was a plus-24.
The events that followed were made for a Lifetime movie. I think Sean Leahy of Yahoo!'s Puck Daddy outlined it best:
Lubomir Visnovsky's summer consisted of being traded from the Anaheim Ducks to the New York Islanders on the opening day of the NHL Draft, wanting to void the deal by filing a grievance through the NHLPA because he believes his no-trade clause was still intact and ending by crashing a Ferrari during a race in Slovakia last month.
Lil' Lubo went to court and plead his case to the arbiter on September 4th. Today, the arbiter made his/her decision, and according to Darren Dregger of TSN, it wasn't in Lubo's favor.
Once again we bid 'adieu' to our favorite little Slovak. Thanks for being the second place all-time interviewer for the Ducks. (Bryz is the first.)