Lubomir Visnovsky staying in Russia
The 36-year-old, who was acquired by the Islanders via trade this summer, will remain in the Kontinental Hockey League with Bratislava Slovan for family and personal reasons.
NHL LOCKOUT ENDS
• Burnside: What's cost of lockout? »
• LeBrun: Breaking down new deal »
• Strang: Tentative deal reached »
• Rovell: Fans always forgive »
• Custance: Cap compromise
• Burnside: Both sides relieved »
• SN: Players react on Twitter »
• Melrose: Game won't suffer
• Will new deal work for 10 years?
"I have decided to stay and continue my career in the KHL for the remainder of the 2012-13 season," Visnovsky said in a statement, via agent Neil Sheehy. "I am thankful to the New York Islanders for being so good to me. My decision not to play in the NHL is due to family and personal reasons. I have made no decisions on next season. My focus now is on Slovan Bratislava, and enjoying my family in my home country."
The NHL and KHL currently have an agreement that all players under NHL contract are obligated to return once the lockout ends. The NHL and NHLPA reached a tentative agreement Sunday morning and hope to have a deal ratified by this weekend.
It is believed Islanders general manager Garth Snow will reach out to Visnovsky to try and convince him to return to the NHL.
Visnovsky filed a grievance with the NHLPA earlier this summer to try and void his trade to the Islanders, claiming his no-trade clause that he waived when traded from Edmonton should have been honored. An arbitrator ruled in favor of the Islanders in September.
The Islanders are waiting for a decision from the league on the current matter and would not comment.
- Leaning In
- Phil Jackson is leaning toward taking a front-office job with the Knicks.
- Rock And Roll
- The Knicks got the win over the lowly Cavaliers in Cleveland.
- Manny Happy Returns
- After nearly two years, Manny Banuelos took the mound for the Yankees.
- Thor Is Mortal
- Noah Syndergaard wasn't as sharp in his second outing of the spring.
- Still A Chance To Dance
- The Johnnies beat Marquette in double OT, keeping their NCAA tourney hopes alive.
- Old Time Hockey Men's New York Islanders Rollins Orange Fleece Hoodie
MORE NHL HEADLINES