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Ducks get defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky for defenseman Ryan Whitney

Lubomir In one of the last but not the least important trades made before Wednesday's noon Pacific time NHL trade deadline, the Ducks acquired puck-moving defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky from the Edmonton Oilers for defense-challenged Ryan Whitney.

Both were Olympians, Visnovsky for fourth-place Slovakia and Whitney for the runner-up U.S. team.

Visnovsky, a former King, is signed through the 2012-13 season at $5.6 million, so the Ducks are taking on salary by trading Whitney, whose cap hit was $4 million per season through 2012-13. But the Ducks, still within short reach of a playoff spot, believed they'd be better off with Visnovsky -- and they're probably right.

More later at www.latimes.com/sports.

-- Helene Elliott

Photo: Edmonton's Lubomir Visnovsky checks Calgary's Brandon Prust during a game on Dec. 31. Credit: Jeff McIntosh / Associated Press

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