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Visnovsky could make Isles debut as soon as Thursday

Feb 4, 2013, 4:27 PM EST

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First, he tried to void last summer’s trade from Anaheim. Then he attempted to stay in the KHL for the rest of the season. But like it or not, it appears Lubomir Visnovsky will be suiting up for the Islanders shortly.

Per the New York Post, the 36-year-old defenseman could be in the lineup as soon as Thursday against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Visnovsky is expected to arrive on Long Island Wednesday. If he doesn’t play Thursday, New York’s next game is Saturday at home to the Sabres.

Led by former first overall pick John Tavares, the Isles are off to a respectable 4-3-1 start and currently occupy seventh spot in the Eastern Conference. If Visnovsky can play like his expiring five-year, $28 million contract suggests he can, the playoffs may not be such a long shot.

Though his numbers fell significantly in 2011-12 with the Ducks, Visnovsky is only two seasons removed from leading all NHL defensemen in points (68).

  1. bcisleman - Feb 4, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    The Isles’ game is all about speed and transition–which they got out of Sunday against the Devs. Visnovsky could certainly help with that.

  2. pone27 - Feb 4, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Visnovsky is still a lethal offensive dman.

    I wouldn’t put him and streit together (too much O on the d-side) but you put him on the second unit and somewhat evenly rotate that top 4, thats a solid core.

    • bcisleman - Feb 4, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      So you would split up AMac and Hammer?

      • jl9830 - Feb 4, 2013 at 8:42 PM

        I would. Streit and Visnovsky would allow a lot of opposing offense. Streit-Hamonic, Visnovsky-MacDonald is the way to do the top 4.

      • bcisleman - Feb 5, 2013 at 4:03 AM

        Not sure Cappy would want to break up Hammer and AMac. He might send Hickey to the pressbox, pair Streiter and Lubo with Strait and Carkner and cut back on AMac and Hammer’s TOI a bit.

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