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03-30-2010, 12:07 PM
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Originally Posted by weems View Post
What happened to Visnovsky in LA?

Was he unhappy or did the team just think he was too expensive?
The team signed him to the lucrative long-term contract he has now and gave him a no-trade clause on top of it, all the while not expecting to tank the following season... Well, we did tank and ended up with the 2nd overall pick, Drew Doughty. Dean realized that if we allowed Visnovsky's no-trade clause to kick in, we would be in a tight spot financially as we have Hickey, Johnson, Doughty etc... rising on the back end and that Visnovsky's term was too long. Hence, he decided to maximize the value of the asset early and move him before the no-trade clause kicked in. Visnovsky was extremely happy in LA and a fan favorite. It was all dollars and cents.

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