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Friday, February 13, 2009

Visnovsky should have February 3rd Clause

Lubomir Visnovsky has a history of not playing well on February 3rd of any year. In fact, he has been injured three times on February 3rd since joining the NHL. Coincidence is hardly an explanation. Visnovsky should avoid playing on this day.

The latest incident involved a 3-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on February 3rd of 2009 when he dislocated his shoulder on a harmless looking play behind the Oilers net. Leaning into his opponent at the wrong angle, Visnovsky dislocated his right shoulder and had to undergo season-ending surgery.

How will the Oilers keep Visnovsky from playing on February 3rd next year? Or the year after that? He is a professional athlete and an independent person. However, if the Oilers keep paying his bills they should have some say in the matter. Some research has proposed that the Oilers should pursue amending his contract by adding a February 3rd Clause to his list of conditions (Flores, 1). Suggestions for specific consequences following from neglecting the February 3rd clause could include in waiving of his NTC rights or forfeiting one game's worth of salary.

In conclusion, Lubomir Visnovsky should be prevented from playing on February 3rd of any year from now on, whether with the Oilers or anywhere else. Implementation of this could and should include a February 3rd Clause, built into his contract, with proportional consequences.

Literature Cited

Flores, Marion. "Visnovsky and the February 3rd Clause." The Refinery 13 February 2009. p. 1 of 1. http://edmrefinery.wordpress.com/visnovsky-and-the-february-3rd-clause

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