Trade: Isles acquire Visnovsky from Ducks
In the first significant trade of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the New York Islanders have acquired defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a 2013 second-round pick.
Visnovsky, 35, is heading into the final year of a front-loaded deal with a $5.6 million cap hit (his salary for 2012-13 is just $3 million). The Slovak rearguard is coming off a down and injury-plagued year -- scoring just 27 points in 68 games -- a far cry from his outstanding 2010-11 season, where he posted a career-high 68 points.
The trade creates an interesting scenario on Long Island -- the idea of a blueline featuring both Visnovsky and Mark Streit could result in some gaudy offensive numbers and give the Isles a formidable power play with John Tavares up front.
For Anaheim, the move clears up some cap space and will likely result in a larger role for young defensemen Cam Fowler and Luca Sbisa.