3-11-14 in 35 games
Most often seen: paired with Thomas Hickey
Contract status: signed through 2014-15, $3.5M salary in 2013-14 ($4.75M cap hit)
Obligatory YouTube video of: save of the year
Thoughts on 2012-13: Well, here we are in the summer of 2013 and Lubomir Visnovsky had a good season on Long Island and signed a two year extension to stay here. A year ago, the chances of that happening seemed downright impossible, at least to me.
After a summer of crashing his ferrari, trying to get his trade to the Islanders voided, and generally creating concern as to whether he was ever going to come play in New York, Visnovsky finally arrived on Long Island on February 8th. He made an immediate impact on the ice, notching four assists in his first four games and finished with 14 points and +12 rating on the year. Visnovsky would also end up with the third higher average ice time on the team, skating 22:50 per game, less than only Travis Hamonic and Andrew MacDonald.
Later in the year, Visnovsky had good chemistry with Thomas Hickey and the two would become the Islanders second pairing and basically relegate Mark Streit to third pair duty. While Streit still was on the top power play unit, there is a decent argument to be made that the emergence of Visnovsky at even strength plus his own power play prowess made Streit somewhat expendable.
For the Islanders, getting Visnovsky last summer for a second round pick was an absolute steal. Visnovsky played well this past season and gives the team a solid top-3 on the back line. The fact that he will be a part of it for two more years is great, too.
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