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Ducks get defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky for defenseman Ryan Whitney

March 3, 2010 | 12:50 pm

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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