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Citing agreement with NHL, KHL rejects Visnovsky’s request to stay

Jan 15, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

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The KHL has rejected Lubomir Visnovsky’s request to continue playing for HC Slovan while still under contract with the New York Islanders. However, there remains a chance the 36-year-old defenseman will still get his way.

In declining Visnovsky’s request, the KHL cited the agreement it has with the NHL to honor each other’s contracts.

But the KHL also cited a part of the agreement that allowed for a negotiated compromise to be struck between the leagues.

Whether the Islanders are willing to consider such a compromise is unclear at this point.

Visnovsky’s agent has said his client will play for the Islanders if he has to.

  1. elemeno89 - Jan 15, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    this is ridiculous. finish your contract and then go where you want. the PA cited a lack of honoring contracts from the owners during the lockout for the money, but that road goes both ways with them expecting you to play…

    • islesjb - Jan 15, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Well said…

      What compromise is there to work out? Cave in to his childish antics and allow him to stay in the KHL and be out a second round draft pick with nothing to show for it?

  2. bardown66 - Jan 15, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    When it rains it pours. It’s been a log downpour in Long Island.

  3. stakex - Jan 15, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Hey, I give the KHL some credit for upholding the agreeement between them and the NHL. Thats the sort of the thing you really shouldn’t get credit for… but the KHL has set the bar kinda low for itself in that reguard.

  4. ruddigervancity - Jan 15, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    What exactly does the KHL have to offer in terms of a compromise? Some of those sweet nesting dolls? Tickets to the Opening Ceremonies in Sochi?

    • bcisleman - Jan 15, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      The only carrot the KHL has to offer is Kirill Petrov but I doubt Garth Snow would accept. The Islanders are now loaded with talented F prospects, many of whom are better than Petrov has shown and Garth has coveted another top 2 D to compliment Streiter for too long. Visnovsky will just have to suck it up and come to the Island. I suspect that he’ll be happier there than he thought.

  5. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    This is good for all stakeholders. Agreements between the leagues have to be honored, and changed when the agreement expires. Good move, KHL.

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