Visnovsky out for personal reasons

March, 5, 2013
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Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is out for personal reasons for Tuesday's match against the Montreal Canadiens, according to a team spokesperson.

The 36-year-old veteran has one goal and five assists in 12 games for the Islanders, though he was a late arrival this season.

Visnovsky tried petitioning the KHL, where he played during the lockout, to let him remain with his club, Slovan Bratislava, once the lockout ended. Visnovsky cited personal reasons (believed to be a health issue with a family member) in an attempt to stay back in his native Slovakia. That request was rejected; the KHL and NHL have a Memorandum of Agreement that all players with NHL contracts must return to the NHL once the lockout is lifted.

Since joining the Isles, Visnovsky has been a productive member on their back end, averaging 23:05 of ice time per game.
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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