Actually, Carla, you didn't report this quite accurately. Visnovsky didn't claim he never had any indication a trade might happen. He said Lombardi told his agent around the draft that they might move him, and Visnovsky said it was fine. Lombardi gave a list of teams that had expressed interest, Visnovsky offered a list of six teams he was willing to accept a trade to, then nothing happened.Heck, Visnovsky gave the Kings his wish list of team destinations which sure seems to contradict his claim he had no idea a trade was a possibility.
Where the controversy began is that Lombardi and Visnovsky have conflicting accounts of whether both sides had agreed a trade would only happen by mutual agreement. Visnovsky said he thought Lombardi had agreed on this condition and would only send Visnovsky to one of his preferred teams, Lombardi said he only promised to try to honor Visnovsky's requests. Visnovsky was only surprised when the trade happened 1) because it didn't happen at the draft, when he expected a deal would go down if one was going to be made; 2) because Edmonton hadn't appeared on either of the lists exchanged between Visnovsky and Lombardi prior to the draft; and 3) because he had no forewarning from Lombardi and didn't think a trade would happen without him OK'ing it in advance.
The crux of the matter is the "Visnovsky said, Lombardi said" reports on whether Lombardi promised to give Visnovsky a de facto veto over any trade. There was a miscommunication somewhere in there, the sort of thing that's hard to pin on either party without having witnessed it firsthand.
Reading all of these posts, I get a general who cares attitude regarding Visnovsky. He's upset because he didn't get traded to one of his wish list teams. How about the Kings being upset that he played like crap last season. Sure he can find the back of the net every once in a while, less lately, but defensively he was a liability. Comparing Lubo's offensive stats to Pronger is ridiculous. As much as I hate Pronger, he can put up offensive stats while being one of the great bastards on defense. He is a player that players hate to play against. I just don't see Visnovsky on that same list.
As far as Visnovsky's attitude to the trade, he needs to realize that he is a professional athlete. If you don't want to get traded, there are ways of handling that. Give the team a big discount for a no-trade clause. That's an idea.
I wholeheartednly agree that if Lubo had played better he'd be a King still. Defensively they were awful last season. It was time for a change and that change is well underway. We'll see what happens!