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Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is considering options to play in Europe next season.

The 38-year-old blue liner is mulling over starting the 2015-16 season overseas -- potentially in the Swiss or Czech leagues -- while he waits for an NHL offer, according to Slovakian newspaper Novy Cas. Visnovsky told IIHF.com earlier this month that he had been offered another one-year deal by the Islanders.

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Lubomir Visnovsky's days as an Islander could be coming to an end.

The Islanders' defenseman is close to signing a contract with KAC of the Erste Bank Hockey League in Austria, according to Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung. The deal would be for two seasons, according to Martin Quendler of Kleine Zeitung.

Visnovsky appeared in 53 regular season games with the Islanders in 2014-15 and four playoff contests against the Washington Capitals. His season ended early after taking a bone crunching hit from Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The hit sparked a war of words between the Islanders and Capitals and amped up the intensity in an already physical series.

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The Islanders weren't any less upset Wednesday morning than they were the night before about Tom Wilson's questionable hit on Lubomir Visnovsky.

Much of Wednesday's post-practice media availability was spent discussing and dissecting the hit that occurred in the second period. Wilson laid a crushing hit on Visnovsky along the end boards Tuesday night in Game 4 that sent the Islanders defenseman to the locker room. It was the second game in a row a Capitals player hit Visnovsky and sent him off the ice. Except this time, he didn't return.

The team did not have any update on Visnovsky's status after practice and he is not expected to play Thursday's Game 5 in Washington with the series tied at 2. Several players were very vocal about on the hit.

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With ?back-to-back games scheduled for this weekend, the Islanders will start Michal Neuvirth in Saturday's game against the Anaheim Ducks.

Head coach Jack Capuano made the announcement after Friday's practice at Islanders IceWorks in Syosset. The move was a change from Capuano's usual routine of waiting until game day to announce the starting goaltender. The decision to start Neuvirth Saturday likely means Jaroslav Halak gets the nod on Sunday.

The Islanders haven't been scoring, but goaltending has been strong the last three games.

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Recap:?The Islanders lost to the Red Wings 4-1 this afternoon in Detroit.


Need to know:?Tomas Tatar got the scoring going quickly?in the first period for the Red Wings as they jumped out to an early lead. Brendan Smith added a one-timer goal with just 47 seconds remaining in the second period to make it a two goal deficit.

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Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky has been activated off the injured reserve list by the Islanders, the team announced Saturday morning. Visnovsky has been on IR since January 4 with an upper body injury.

The Islander defenseman will likely appear in Saturday's game against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Head coach Jack Capuano will address reporters at noon with the Islanders'?lineup. Visnovsky has recored 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 29 games this season.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Islanders may have a tough decision on their hands when they return from the All-Star break.

Head Coach Jack Capuano said that Mikhail Grabovski could be ready once the team returns from the break. He has been out with a lower-body injury since leaving the game early on January 9 against New Jersey. Grabovski, along with injured defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, both skated before Monday's matinee against the Philadelphia Flyers.

"Grabbo is getting real close and could be ready when we return," Capuano said. "Visnovsky again skated this morning. Felt really good, but don't know if he'd be ready right after the break. They're still day-to-day, but it's good to see both of them on the ice going through the drills. Now we will just get them in some contact."

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Mikhail Grabovski and Lubomir Visnovsky skated prior to the Islanders' practice at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, but both players?are still day-to-day according to head coach Jack Capuano.

It is extremely unlikely that either player suits up for Friday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Grabovski left Friday's game against the New Jersey Devils with a lower body injury. Visnovsky is on injured reserve with a upper body injury.

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The Islanders were on the ice Monday morning in preparation for their Tuesday battle with the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Mikhail Grabovski and Lubomir Visnovsky did not take part in the Islanders' skate at IceWorks in Syosset. Grabovski did do some off-ice work, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple, at the Islanders' practice facility. Visnovsky is on IR retroactive to January 4 and Grabovski is day-to-day with a lower body injury.

Tuesday?s game will be important for both clubs. The Islanders are trying to put some more space between themselves and the teams below them and the Rangers are trying catch up with the Metropolitan Division-leading Isles.

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The Chicago Blackhawks seem to bring out the best in the Islanders.

The Islanders defeated the Blackhawks 3-2, which is the same score that they beat Chicago during their last visit to Nassau Coliseum during the 2013-14 season. Even more coincidental is the fact that, like last year's battle at the Coliseum, Kyle Okposo played a big role in an Islanders' comeback.

Okposo's power play goal at 10:10 of the third period tied the game up at two, which set up Lubomir Visnovsky to play hero 51 seconds later.

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There was some news from practice in Uniondale. Some of it was good and some of it was not so good.

To start with the good news, it sounds like Lubomir Visnovsky is very close to returning to the Islanders line up. He has been sidelined with back problems since the preseason and was placed on injured reserve on October 7. On Monday Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano told both Arthur Staple of Newsday and Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post that there was a "good chance" that Visnovsky plays on Tuesday.

If Visnovsky plays on Tuesday it will be the first time he sees game action in the 2014-15 season.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Islanders got one of their two injured defenseman back on Thursday, and are close to getting the other one back soon as well.

Calvin de Haan made his season debut against the San Jose Sharks after missing the first three games of the season with an upper body injury. Now, it appears that Lubomir Visnovsky could be close to returning as well. The Islander defenseman has been dealing with back spasms and the team put him on injured reserve on October 7.

Visnovsky skated Thursday during the morning skate.

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Islanders defender Lubomir Visnovsky hasn't been seen on the ice for the Islanders -- or even skating at practice for that matter -- in three weeks. On October 19, against Carolina, Visnovsky took a hit on the end boards that went unpenalized but left him hunched over and needing help to get off the ice.?Since then, it's been radio silence for one of the Islanders most important defenders.Visnovsky was signed to a two-year extension last year and with the departure of Mark Streit, and was given the duties of playing point on the Islanders' power play. He's also played well at even strength, as part of a pairing with Thomas Hickey that dates back to the Isles hot streak last season.In the short time span that Visnovsky ran the power play this year, it succeeded going 7-for-27 (26%) in eight games. Since then, they have gone 5-for-32 (16%), which may be partly due to missing him (as well as Matt Moulson) and part regression. During the last full season, 21% was the best NHL power play mark so 26% was unreasonable to expect to continue.Regardless of the cause of the power play's decline, the Islanders clearly do miss Visnovsky on the ice. His absence has forced other defenders into more prominent roles. It has caused Matt Donovan to play extra minutes with more than 17 minutes played in six of his last seven games, including more than 20 minutes against the Rangers in October. Aaron Ness has been called up from Bridgeport and yes, the Islanders signed Radek Martinek to a one-year insurance policy deal.The bad news is, it doesn't look like Visnovsky will be back on the ice any time soon. It's been nearly three weeks and he hasn't yet been cleared for activity of any kind, and even then, writes Arthur Staple, there are a lot of hills still to climb:[sny-box]Even from there, hurdles remain -- he needs to take and pass baseline neurological tests with every completed step, from off-ice (running/biking), to on-ice, to contact. So from the moment he?s cleared to resume off-ice activities, it?s still a two-week process at minimum.[/sny-box]For the benefit of the athlete, the guy with his brain at stake, this is the NHL's procedure for concussions. The Islanders, to their credit, appear to be taking things very slowly and cautiously. The downside of all the caution and testing is that it takes a long time for everything to be back to normal (and it's probably disingenuous for me to call this a "downside" when it should, in theory, benefit Visnovsky's health long after his hockey career is done, which is more important).The trouble and cause for the length of this whole process is that once a player has suffered a concussion, there can be devastating effects if a player returns to the ice too soon. Exhibit A is the most famous player in the league, Sidney Crosby, who has missed a combined 81 games spread out over three of the past four seasons due to concussion issues.Crosby originally took a hit from David Steckel in the 2011 Winter Classic that 'rung his bell', as the saying goes. He continued playing and a few nights later he was laid into by Victor Hedman and the rest is history, as he spent two years battling concussion symptoms.Here's some background on the sort of thing that happened to Crosby and how concussions can be complicated more than other types of injuries:[sny-box]Concussion symptoms may not show up for 24-48 hours after the hit occurs, so rinkside testing may be worthless in some cases. Players need to be educated on the effects of returning too soon, such as second impact syndrome, which is brain swelling that can be life threatening if a second concussion occurs while still recovering from the first concussion. Another complication is post concussive syndrome. This is where concussive symptoms linger even after the concussion has resolved.[/sny-box]Visnovsky's injury isn't of the normal variety; one that can usually be assigned a length of time for absence and have a return date estimated. It's about how he's feeling today, tomorrow, after he goes through a full practice, and on. Hopefully for the Islanders they'll get their power play chief back soon, but it's impossible to say exactly when, if, and how long that will actually be.
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Update, 9:10pm: The Islanders have announced that Visnovsky suffered a concussion. The Islanders defense and power play could be in trouble, as Lubomir Visnovsky left tonight's game against Carolina during the first period and did not return. He was injured on a hit from #20 Riley Nash that looks clean. Visnovsky made it to the bench on his own and left the ice during the ensuing TV timeout with the help of a trainer and Travis Hamonic. While leaving the ice, he was hunched over and it appeared as though he was favoring one of his arms.
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After a shortened summer and 13 seasons in the NHL, Isles defender Lubomir Visnovsky isn't dead-set on playing in the Sochi Olympics for his home country of Slovakia. Instead, it'll be a decision that he comes to over the course of the season.

Visnovsky has played in each of the last four Olympics, dating back to Nagano in 1998. The Slovakian team has never medaled, but had their best finish ever last time around in 2010, finishing 4th. They also recently earned a silver at the 2012 World Championships.

In an interview with Sport.sk, Visnovsky explained how he plans to approach his Olympic decision:

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Throughout the next month plus, we'll be reviewing the season that was and over-analyzing the various players that?contributed?to it. That's what the offseason is for, after all. This post is part of a series.?Read them all here.

Lubomir Visnovsky -- D -- #11

3-11-14 in 35 games

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Update, 11:20am: Yeah, he probably isn't hurt. He's been riding around on a bike and skipped the Olympic camp because he didn't want to interrupt his physical therapy routine.

Picture via Cas.sk

 

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One of the reasons for the Islanders recent hot streak and playoff chase has been defender Lubomir Visnovsky. Visnovsky has been part of an upgraded defense this year; he's a +12 with 14 points in 33 games since returning from Slovakia. He's also got the best on-ice corsi on the team, 26th in the entire NHL, at +14.32.

In last night's overtime, a shot from the Jets rang off the post and caught Evgeni Nabokov well out of the crease. But Visnovsky was there to not only get his body on Kyle Wellwood's shot, but clear it as well. As the announcer said, "goaltender number two makes a fabulous save."

http://youtu.be/N3yyoXZcebY

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If you thought something improbable happened last March when the Islanders re-signed Evgeni "didn't want to report" Nabokov to a one-year deal, well, they had a surprise for you on Friday night.

Friday, the Islanders re-signed Lubomir Visnovsky to a two-year deal days prior to the trading deadline. The signing comes after a summer (and lockout) full of speculation about whether Visnovsky would play, or enjoy playing, for the Islanders. While Visnovsky, and sometimes his agent, said all along that 'it wasn't the Islanders,' the Slovak clearly had serious concerns about leaving his family on the other side of the Atlantic.

In the end, it worked out extremely well for team and player. Visnovsky signs on for two more years with a no-move clause that stipulates he can't be moved unless the Islanders are out of the playoff hunt in 2014-15; likely to keep himself and his family in the same place.

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The Islanders have announced that they have signed Lubomir Visnovsky to a two-year contract. Arthur Staple and Katie Strang both report that it is worth a total of $9.5 million. Visnovsky's agent, Neil Sheehy, says that it is a 'no-move' contract.

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The NHL trade deadline is Wednesday, April 3rd at 3pm ET right in the middle of next week, for what should be a nice distraction at work. The Islanders have a lot of veterans that could be traded and these veterans seem to have better value than those in years past.

Two defenders, Mark Streit and Lubomir Visnovsky, are solid and could command a good return given the scarcity of good defenders around the league and the high price associated with such players. Just yesterday the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are in total 'screw it, let's go for it' mode thanks to their 12-game win streak, sent a pair of second round picks to San Jose for 33-year old rental defender Douglas Murray. This season Murray has been, er, disappointing in San Jose.

If Murray commands two picks -- either two second rounders or a second and a third depending on how things play out -- then shouldn't a healthy and offensively gifted Mark Streit be worth as much or more?

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The Islanders have a lot of decisions to make in the next couple weeks, as the trade deadline looms on April 3rd at 3pm. The team has a number of veteran free agents who could either be moved or re-signed, among them are Evgeni Nabokov, Brad Boyes, Mark Streit, Lubomir Visnovsky, Marty Reasoner and Tim Thomas.

In today's Newsday, Arthur Staple notes that talks are either underway or will be soon for Nabokov, Streit and Visnovsky. Visnovsky, obviously the longest shot of the three to re-sign, is at least open to listening. Whether that is just polite courtesy or actual interest, remains to be seen.

Brad Boyes, Staple mentions, is likely to be seriously talked to as well regarding a new deal. Boyes has been clicking extremely well with the first line and is third on the team in points.

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The Rangers come to town tomorrow and they'll be without Marc Staal, who took a horrific shot to the eye thanks to a deflected puck last night (video here, but be warned it's not fun to watch) at the Garden. The Rangers went on to win, it was their third in a row, but the talk this morning is about Staal and his eye. Deadspin wonders if the NHL will mandate visors before it's too late, but it's already too late if you remember?Bryan?Berard, who had his career derailed due to a similar instance.

But the truth is that the grandfathering in of visors is something that is coming. It's just a matter of time until the NHLPA agrees to it. What it takes to get them to agree to it; probably a?gruesome?on-ice incident. Is the shot to Staal's face enough? We'll see.

The Rangers have also called up Michael Haley and that resulted in Scott Hartnell taking a swipe at Haley on the Rangers' bench last night. Should be interesting tomorrow.

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Newsday reports that defender Lubomir Visnovsky will miss the Isles next two games -- Tuesday against Montreal and Thursday against the Rangers -- to attend to a "family tragedy" back home in Slovakia. It does not have to do with his son's health. Radek Martinek will take Visnovsky's place in the lineup:

https://twitter.com/StapeNewsday/status/308968600692224002

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SYOSSET, NY -- "I don't know [the guys]," defender Lubomir Visnovsky said after his first practice with the New York Islanders today. After missing the first few weeks of the season tending to his son's illness, Visnovsky made the journey across the Atlantic to suit up for the Islanders earlier this week. He didn't know anyone on the team, but said he would work on correcting that.

"Everybody comes to me 'hi I'm Mark, I'm Matt,' Visnovsky continued. Jokingly he said that "it will be homework tonight for me to go to internet, and look at faces, and focus on the names because that's very important for the game."

But even though he didn't know anyone and was a few weeks late for the season, Visnovsky said that he was welcomed by the team.

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Update, 12:30pm: Okposo missed practice due to an undisclosed illness.

The Islanders have taken to the ice at Iceworks this morning with the following forward lines:

Moulson - Tavares - Boyes

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Defender Lubomir Visnovsky is scheduled to land in New York today and the Sloavk media, whom have absolutely owned this story since day one, followed Visnovsky to the airport this morning. Here's the (not) very exiting video of Visnovsky saying his goodbyes in Slovakia:

And some final words before boarding from the defender on his time with HC Slovan:

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A report from Sport.Sk -- the same news outlet who brought us Visnovsky's Ferrari crash -- has posted an interview with Visnovsky that states, in plain Google translated english, that Visnovsky is planning to fly to the States earlier than expected on Wednesday, February 6th.

[sny-box]Lubo, when are you planning to departure overseas?"On Wednesday morning, I've prepared a ticket, so it's a definite term Wednesday when I go overseas."[/sny-box]

The interviewer goes on to ask why Visnovsky isn't staying, as his son was scheduled to have surgery later than the 6th. It appears that Visnovsky says the surgery is on February 9th and his wife and doctors agreed that he did not need to be there for it.

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On Twitter, his agent Neil Sheehy announced last night that Visnovsky will return to long Island in about two weeks:

https://twitter.com/icehockeyagent/status/295355742750384129

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It's been about a week since we've had any news about Lubomir Visnovsky. That's about a week too long, given the almost daily twists and turns that were going on for a few weeks. This morning, Slovak outlet Sportky.sk is reporting that Visnovsky's son is due to have minor surgery on February 9th and the defender will head to North America after that is completed. The most important points, translated:

[sny-box color=E6F1FF]"It's closed, the only question is, when he flew to New York. Islanders understand my family problems and so to me, when there arrived in agreement," said Visnovsky, told Sport.

...His son is 9th February awaiting minor surgery...

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The Islanders have officially suspended Lubomir Visnovsky, clearing a roster spot for a new addition today. Rumors are swirling about grabbing Tim Connolly off waivers or signing the newly free Scott Gomez, but nothing is confirmed at this moment... Keith Aucoin skated with the Islanders today after being picked up on waivers yesterday. He skated on the fourth line, splitting time with Marty Reasoner. Capuano said that he's "seen a lot of Keith Aucoin over the years," as they've both met numerous times in the AHL. He also noted that Aucoin can play in a lot of different situations, especially special teams... Capuano said that "it is still to be determined" if the Islanders have any callups/send downs to do before tomorrow night... He wouldn't make any calls on the goaltending but said "when a guy's playing well, it's going to be tough to change during a shortened season," but he acknowledged that switching is going to be something they may have to do often given the condensed schedule...

LINES:

Moulson - Tavares - Okposo

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Visnovsky tells Pluska.sk (translation via Finnish reporter Matias Strozyk) that his son's health is the reason he would like to stay longer in Slovakia:

[sny-box color=E6F1FF]"I still can't fly, I need to stay for at least two weeks. My son has health issues. Nothing serious, but recovery will take a while... I've asked permission to play for Slovan for the next 2 weeks. If I don't get it, I'll just practice in Bratislava."[/sny-box]

On Twitter, Chris Botta offers some good advice:

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As part of the new deal between the League and the Players, teams will have the opportunity to buyout two uninjured players this summer. But for whatever reason, teams couldn't buy anyone out right now. So what's a team with Wade Redden or Scott Gomez on it to do? Why pay them to sit at home and not get injured of course. That's just what the Rangers and Canadiens have been doing with Redden and Gomez. That is, until this weekend.

In a disturbingly fast amount of time (considering how long it took to end the lockout) the League and Players agreed to allow teams to use one of their compliance buyouts this season. As as of Saturday teams can put players making $3 million or more through waivers -- basically a formality -- and then will be free to buy them out after which the player can sign for another team or accept a minor league assignment. There's not much benefit for the team to do this. They'll still be dealing with the player's full cap hit all year. It's more of a way to allow the players to find an employer who wants them.

All that being said, it's not likely that Rick DiPietro would get bought out via this method. The Islanders could use a second goalie on the bench, as sitting Kevin Poulin or Anders Nilsson behind Nabokov for the year does those players no good. Also, in this special buyout period, the player has to agree to it. Rick DiPietro still wants to play and doesn't seem to mind doing it in an Islanders uniform.

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Earlier this morning there were reports on twitter from our counterparts across the ocean that the KHL would hold Lubomir Visnovsky out until some sort of an agreement was reached between the NHL and KHL. Apparently, after all the talk and bluster from the KHL, they weren't ready to die on Visnovsky Hill quite yet (or maybe Bill Daly has taken all the hills).

"The KHL says they will met with NHL reps to figure out a solution," said Yahoo's Dmitry Chesnokov on Twitter. "But for now he cannot play in the KHL."

Chris Johnston of Sportsnet report that the KHL asked the NHL for permission to allow Visnovsky to play with Slovan, but as of that point the KHL hasn't recieved a response. The Islanders and the NHL will certainly not allow Visnovsky to play for Slovan, so the issue is whether the two parties on opposite sides of the ocean can come to some kind of agreement.

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The Islanders picked up the Hulk Joe Finley off waivers from Buffalo today, seriously increasing the size of the defense. Finley sounds like a stay at home, rough 'em up kind of d-man something that is new and rarley seen in Islander Country (hey, we haven't seen Carkner in a game yet). So that's the good news. The bad news is he's a former first rounder who has kicked around in the AHL and ECHL for around five years. He's something of a 6th or 7th defender on this team right now.

Finley will be on this team for the right now, too. The hometown paper of the Rochester Americans, where Finley was playing, seems to think that he'll have to be on the Islanders roster for at least 30 days.

[sny-box color=E6F1FF]Assuming this particular clause of the waiver rule did not change in the new CBA, I believe the Sabres still would have the first right to claim Finley back if the Islanders try to send him to Bridgeport of the AHL in the next 30 days. Finley?s arrival gives the Islanders nine defensemen in training camp.[/sny-box]

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It's not 10AM yet, but it appears we know where in the world Visnovsky is:

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Awesome Visnovsky photoshop credit: HF Boards

"He's under contract with the Islanders and he should be here," Garth Snow told the assembled media yesterday. The 'he', of course, is Lubomir Visnovsky the staying/going/not coming defenseman of the Islanders and, more recently, HC Slovan. Visnovsky has until 10am today to report to the Island or be suspended. By the looks of it, he's not coming and we'll have an international incident to wait and see what the next steps are. If the KHL doesn't enforce the memorandum, this may end up in court. We'll have to wait and see.

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?Actually I do not even really want to talk, these are private matters ? that?s all I can say,? he said. ?It?s a very difficult situation for me, and I?ve had enough already. This is a really tough decision. The N.H.L. is pushing me, and now the Islanders.? [Full article]
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It's another day and that means it's time for another round of As the KHL Turns, starring Ilya Kovalchuk, Lubomir Visnovsky and KHL President Alexander Medvedev. When we last left them yesterday, Kovalchuk was playing coy about whether or not he would stay in Russia, Visnovsky wanted to stay, and Medvedev's League was saying it would honor NHL contracts and boot players back across the Atlantic. Then Medvedev apparently got on his soapbox and told Slava Malamud from Sport-Express in Russia the following:

"NHL's opinion of itself is so high... OK, let them get drunk on their greatness. We'll see how many Euros look our way... Our league will act according to our own and international rules. If players decide to stay, we will help them... [Not going to Sochi] will be a big financial loss for NHL.. If they decide differently, that's their problem."

So, that's something a little different. We'll see if the KHL's actions follow Medvedev's words or not. I've thought all along the KHL wouldn't start a war over just Visnovsky, but now that Kovalchuk is in limbo and then this shot-across-the-bow from Medvedev, maybe a war is just what they want.

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We may have to wait a little longer to figure out what exactly will become of Lubomir Visnovsky and the year remaining on his NHL contract. Yesterday, Visnovsky said that he intended to remain in Slovakia, playing for his KHL team. That hasn't changed. What has changed is that both the NHL and KHL have said publicly that they will honor their agreement, the Memorandum of Understanding, that says they will respect each other's contracts.

Katie Strang tweeted this earlier today on the NHL's position:


Well, we're back to some sense of normal. I guess normal in the sense that we can get back to talking about what's happening on the ice rather than in a asylum meeting room in midtown. It feels weird, it's been too long, but it feels good.

The owners and players have still yet to vote on the CBA, which means everything is not finalized yet. At this point, it seems like those votes should, hopefully, be a formality. The majority will likely vote based on the recommendations of their leaders and barring anything crazy, we should be good to go and have hockey soon.

According to Pierre Lebrun, a January 19th start date looks probable and that would make for a 48-game season.

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Lubomir Visnovsky has been in the news an awful lot since the last time we saw a hockey game. He got traded to the Islanders at the draft in June, was thinking about not coming to LI, crashed his Ferrari in Europe, and ultimately lost an appeal of the trade. So all in all, he's still an Islander.

During the lockout, Visnovsky has been playing for HC Slovan of the KHL. It's his home town team per se, as he skated with them during the last lockout and all the way back in 1999, prior to being drafted into the NHL. This afternoon, the Islander section of Twitter is lighting up about something Lubomir Visnovsky said following Slovan's last game on Friday that might indicate he won't re-join the Islanders in the coming weeks.

L?ubom?r Vi??ovsk? enters into discussions with HC SLOVAN Bratislava general manager Maro? Kraj?i over a deal to remain with the club.

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With the NHL and NHLPA meeting late into the night yesterday on New Year's, there's some hope that a deal could get done and a season started by the end of January. But, like any good hockey fan, you shouldn't get those hopes up too much. They've disappointed us all quite a bit already. Anyway, if in fact we do have hockey soon, the Islanders are going to be at a bit of a disadvantage with a number of injured players. Not on this list are David Ullstrom and Casey Cizikas who have both missed time this year to injury but are currently playing. Here's what we've been able to compile:

Michael Grabner: "Should be" ready by January 15th after a lower-body injury

Brock Nelson: Broken jaw out 2-3 weeks as of 12/29

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With 2012 behind us, it's time to take a look at what's ahead for the Islanders in the upcoming year. We've got seven burning questions that need to be, or are likely to be, addressed in the coming 12 months. First up though is one question about the NHL:



#7 - Will there be a 2012-13 season?The deadline for a new CBA has now been set at a little under two weeks from now on January 11th. Finally, mercifully, we'll have either a resolution one way or another.

The way it seems, with both sides inching ever closer to one another, we'll have a deal by then. Neither side is dumb enough to lose a season at this point (right? right?) and there's too much money out there to be made from a partial season for them to continue to sit on their hands. Whether the league caves or the players do is a tough question to answer -- my hunch is some sort but I think both sides know that not having a season is much worse than having a partial season, although a large amount of damage has already been done.

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Wasting no time at all, Islanders captain Mark Streit and defender Lubomir Visnovsky signed with European clubs over the weekend. They'll be over there while the lockout is going on, and back here if the season does start back up.

Streit signed with Bern, a team in the Swiss league. Streit spent five seasons with Zurich in the same league prior to playing for the Canadiens in 2005-06.

Visnovsky continues an eventful summer with a trip back home to Slovakia. A change in the KHL rules for singing locked out players allowed the KHL club Bratislava to sign Visnovsky. He had previously played for Bratislava during the 2004 lockout and prior to coming to North America in 1999.

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This afternoon the Islanders announced that the arbitrator hearing the case of Visnovsky's no trade clause found in favor of the Isles. The trade has been upheld and Visnovsky will remain an Islander. There were no details as far as the arbitrator's reasoning, if you're looking for an explanation to the murky, murky CBA.
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Yesterday was finally the day where Lubomir Visnovsky got his day in arbitration and we're all one step closer towards a resolution in the case of his mysterious no-trade clause. Visnovsky filed a grievance with the league in July after his June 22nd trade to the Islanders from Anaheim, claiming that he had a no-trade clause in place and should have been consulted by the Ducks before the trade. That's not to say he would or would not agree to a trade to the Islanders but that he feels he was wronged by his employer by not being treated fairly. If he wins the grievance, it'll certainly make for an interesting situation as to whether the trade gets a re-do or is abandoned entirely.

There won't be a decision today and there's been no formal mention of when we should expect a resolution, so expect this to go on quietly for a bit. You may now begin placing side bets as to which happens quicker; a Visnovsky ruling or a new CBA (the overwhelming favorite likely the former).

LightHouse Hockey has a great breakdown of the issues surrounding the trade. Back in 2008, the Kings sent Visnovsky to the Oilers, one day before a the no-trade clause was supposed to kick in. This leads to the main question in the case being what happened during Visnovsky's subsequent trade when the Oilers sent him to the Ducks.? From Dom Jansky:

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