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Visnovsky’s agent says he’ll join Isles no later than Feb. 11

Jan 26, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

Lubomir Visnovsky, Kyle Turris AP

If you believe Lubomir Visnovsky‘s agent Neil Sheehy, the flighty defenseman will play his first game for the New York Islanders no later than Feb. 11.

(That’s a home date against the Carolina Hurricanes.)

Sheehy says that the 36-year-old blueliner could even hit Long Island sooner, citing the potential resolution of “personal medical reasons within his immediate family.”

Some might wonder if the Isles really want to deal with a player seemingly reluctant to join the team, but there are a couple reasons why they are going in a reasonable direction.

Most obviously, the Slovakian defenseman has had plenty of success at the NHL level, including a 68-point output in 2010-11 that drew some Norris Trophy talk.

Some of the team’s latest transactions also show that the franchise’s D corps could use a boost; they’ve recently claimed Brian Strait and Thomas Hickey off waivers.

Lastly, the Islanders have been through the messy process of dealing with a player who was initially reluctant to play once before. Evgeni Nabokov has become their go-to goalie the last two seasons after sitting out the remainder of 2010-11 following a waiver claim.

Perhaps Visnovsky will eventually come around, too.

(H/T to Rotoworld)

  1. bcisleman - Jan 26, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    You forgot Joe Finley and, of course, they picked up former Isles Radek Martinek as a FA. So far Garth Snow’s additions have been tremendous. Strait, Carkner and Finley have been solid on D and Keith Aucoin has made the 3rd line come alive. Brad Boyes has been productive as well. Visnovsky will certainly help particularly by taking some of the pressure on Mark Streit to provide offense. At his best, Streiter is a stellar positional defender. He was so anxious to add offense from a blueline with otherwise anemic punch that his D suffered. If RDP can continue to play as well as last night backing up Nabby, the Isles have the look of a playoff team.

  2. kicksave1980 - Jan 27, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    Not necessarily an Isles fan, but I’m cheering for them to do well this season. Their fans deserve it. As a Blackhawks fan who suffered the early 2000’s as a season ticket holder, I understand the feeling of players not wanting to suit up in your uniform. Hopefully Lubo comes to his senses…the ice is the same dimension no matter the arena.

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