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Visnovsky will report to Islanders in 2-3 weeks

Jan 16, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

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Late Tuesday, Lubomir Visnovsky‘s agent confirmed via Twitter that his client would be returning to the New York Islanders after tending to “personal reasons” that have kept him from coming to North America.

Those personal reasons, it turns out, are related to Visnovsky’s son.

The 36-year-old defenseman confirmed to that his son has “health issues.” Fortunately, he says the issues aren’t very serious, but they will still take some time to resolve.

Visnovsky was hoping to play the entire season in his native Slovakia with his hometown team Bratislava; however, his request was rejected due to an agreement between the KHL and NHL that says each league must honor the other’s contracts.

Visnovsky is signed with the Islanders through the end of the season.

Newsday is reporting it could take him 2-3 weeks before he’s able to report to the Isles.


  1. islesjb - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    This is a bunch of horse-sht and if you believe, I have some magic beans for sale.

    If his son was having health issues, this would have come out a long time ago. At this point, stay the fk in Slovakia.

  2. youcallthathockeyblog - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    I can’t imagine how any team would want him at this point. He is making this not only embarrassing to himself but also the league and the Islanders. I would wave him and bury him in the minors. Good chance he clears because of this.

  3. pone27 - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Don’t buy it…

    If your son really was that ill, you wouldnt be flying around for the KHL.

    Had the KHL not stepped in, he more than certainly would be lacing up the next 2-3 weeks.

    Sorry Lubomir, if your son is ill, hope he gets better, but we all know your using it as a scapegoat.

  4. bcjim - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    I’m sure deadspin will check the validity of this story. Lol

    • rainmaker97 - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      They need to get their sleuths on this pronto

  5. bcisleman - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Sounds like Visnovsky was mad at having to come to the Island and decided to handle his anger this way. Hopefully the Isles keep him suspended until he reports and dock his salary accordingly. He has embarrassed himself. Don’t see it as reflecting on the Isles at all.

  6. atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    If I’m the Islanders I say nothing, then as soon as he reports I suspend him and tell him to go home, see how he enjoys not being able to play anywhere. Or barring that I like the suggestion of putting him on waivers and then sending him to the minors, I wouldn’t let him play in the AHL though, I’d send him to the ECHL affiliate.

  7. trbowman - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    I get it, it’s the Isles. But come on man. And I can’t imagine his teammates are anxiously waiting to welcome him with open arms when he finally shows up.

  8. 19to77 - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Didn’t seem to be hampering his busy KHL travel schedule, did it? I don’t like to cast doubt in a situation like this, but the timing’s just too suspicious not to. He’s tried literally every other way of getting out of his duties, and THEN this comes up. If it’s true, well, I’m a dick I guess, but timing is everything and it’s clear he’d sooner sell a kidney than play in New York.

  9. zuke13 - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Hey a$$ holes, does anyone have any kids? I would put everything on hold for my wife and kids. I been in situations whee one day is good and the next day rips your heart out. As crazy as it sounds-being a dedicated fan-there’s more to life than watching hockey-dik$.

  10. zuke13 - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Sorry I don’t get upset very often but that was ridiculous

    • 19to77 - Jan 16, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      Buddy, before this story broke, he tried using an NTC to stay with Anaheim, his KHL contract to block his NHL contract, and likely half a dozen other tricks to get him out of playing for the Isle. Then, after all else failed, two days after the last hope vanished, this. Forgive us our skepticism, but the stars are aligned. It’s pretty doubtful this was anything purely noble on his part.

      • barkar942 - Jan 16, 2013 at 10:25 PM

        I tend to agree, 19to77. However, if his son is truly ill, I wish him all the best.
        I don’t understand why no one wants to go to the Isles. It would seem to me that they feel there is no chance of a shot at the Cup. I personally won’t be surprised if the Isles get in this year, and the Devils start golfing early.

  11. ryanrockzzz - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    I’m surprised at this point that the Islanders still want him to come over. He obviously has no passion to win a Stanley Cup, or he would not have been trying to avoid staying overseas for this long. If you have an ill son, that is unfortunate. However, he still played in the KHL games, and was making a fuss well before the news of his son’s illness came out.

    A player like this is obviously through with their NHL passion, and it appears his now lies in being with his family and playing hockey in an area in which he feels more comfortable. Considering he wasn’t that good last year either, if I were the Islanders i’d just cut him loose.

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