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Report: Islanders to work on extensions for Nabokov, Visnovsky, and Streit

Mar 17, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

Mark Streit, Lubomir Visnovsky, Evegni Nabokov AP

The Islanders are pushing hard to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 season and it sounds like GM Garth Snow wants to keep three key veterans to that push beyond this season.

Arthur Staple of New York Newsday reports the team is looking to sign goalie Evgeni Nabokov as well as defensemen Mark Streit and Lubomir Visnovsky to extensions to stay on Long Island. Yes, the same Visnovsky who initially didn’t want to join the Islanders after being traded from Anaheim over the summer.

As Visnovsky told Staple, he seems pretty loosey-goosey about the whole thing.

“Sure, why not? I’m open for anything,” he said. “Next year is far off, and right now I’m thinking about the next game here, this team here. I was never thinking about the [trade] deadline. I’m playing for the Islanders and I’m happy here.”

Obviously the time he spent with Nabokov, who was similarly disinterested when acquired by the Isles, has rubbed off on him.

  1. bcisleman - Mar 17, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Nabby struggled a bit but now seems to be getting back into last year’s form. Isles also need to extend Boyes who has been superb on the time line.

    • tuberippin - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      Yeah, Boyes has been a real bright spot for the offense. Pleased to see that he panned out. Not quite Matty Moulson, but Boyes has served well in replacing P.A. Parenteau.

  2. orangandblack - Mar 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    What about Dipietro? oh wait, he’s already signed through 2021

    • jl9830 - Mar 19, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      Newsflash: not funny anymore. You’re not getting credit for the oldest joke in the world.

    • jl9830 - Mar 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      I direct you to the link immediately to the right: “Bryzgalov, Flyers shelled in loss to Devils.” Funny, Bryzgalov has seemingly gotten shelled a lot during these past two seasons. It’s hilarious that you laugh at DiPietro, while Bryzgalov, who is atrocious, is signed through 2020. SMH.

  3. itsallniceonice - Mar 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Weird considering that Nabokov and Viznovsky wanted absolutely nothing to do with the Isles when they first got there.

    • jl9830 - Mar 19, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      People shouldn’t judge the book by the cover. Players who have played on Long Island love it; people who are ignorant judge it by the stereotypes.

  4. dorfer81 - Mar 17, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Congrats on your DiPietro straw man comment. Haven’t seen one of those before. Judging from your user name, you’re a Flyers fan, so….how you liking the Pronger and Bryzgalov contracts? People in glass houses and all that stuff.

    • orangandblack - Mar 17, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      Are you still bitter about trading Chara and a second overall pick for Alexi Yashin? What about dishing out Luongo and Jokinen for Mark Parrish?

      • tuberippin - Mar 17, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        Are you still bitter that the Flyers traded Carter and Richards only to watch them end up on the Kings and win a Stanley Cup?

        Or are you more embittered by the realization that in spite of the Islanders not having made the playoffs since ’06-’07, they’ve still won four Stanley Cups since the Flyers won their last one?

      • jl9830 - Mar 19, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        Haha love watching “orangandblack” get destroyed here. Also, you misspelled “orange,” bro. People who can’t spell orange correctly shouldn’t throw stones.

  5. multiplemiggs - Mar 17, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    gotta respect Snowman

  6. mclovinhockey - Mar 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Bryz is earning his money, pronger earned it bringing us to the finals. Difference between Philly and NYI is that Philly can afford to blow 10 million a year.

    I am not defending the guy with his Dipietro comment but its a bit different when the guy doesn’t play 1/10th of his contract.

    • 19to77 - Mar 17, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      Uh, don’t look now, but Philly fans are calling for the heads of Holmgen, Laviolette, Bryzgalov and basically everyone else on their underachieving, pushover roster. Philly CAN’T afford to blow 10 million a year. The fans demand excellence, and the Flyers are utterly failing them.

    • jl9830 - Mar 19, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      It’s not really different. DiPietro and Bryzgalov provide similar value (DiPietro 0 because he’s hurt; Bryzgalov 0 because he’s awful), and Bryzgalov makes more money, making him relatively less valuable.

      • mclovinhockey - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:03 PM

        and your input is worth 0 because you do not know what you are talking about.
        Bryz finished tied for 5th last season in shutouts… top 10 goalie oveall…. I would say thats worth something.

  7. dorfer81 - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Are you still bitter about Bobby Nystrom?

    Dude, Milbury is gone and so are the days of those terrible trades. But keep on coming with the “DiPietro LULZZZ!!!1″ comments. They’re totally relevant to these articles.

  8. mclovinhockey - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    @19to77

    Ummm no cause unlike teams like Pitt in the past and the islanders of today, Philly makes a ton of money from loyal fans every year. They can spend a lot more than the cap and still make profit.

    Some fans are calling for the head of Bryz, others are just calling for a good back up to help Bryz.

  9. dongaddy - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Go Flyers what was the score on the Island this year a touchdown to 0 if the islanders finish in front of the flyers this year I will get the nhl package and watch only islanders games with there hat on

    • jl9830 - Mar 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      I think the bell just rang for you to get to English class.

  10. dongaddy - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Tuber your Islanders might have 4 cups but have not won a division since 87-88 that’s all most 30years At least we had some good hockey teams to watch not loser

    • jl9830 - Mar 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      Trust us, we’d rather the cups. But you wouldn’t know because your team doesn’t have the cups.

    • jl9830 - Mar 19, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      Also, I like that apparently, people are allowed to make fun of the Islanders for moves they made 10, 15, and 20 years ago, but when Islander fans defend themselves by talking about cups they won 30 years ago, all of a sudden, it’s so far in the past. Not the way it works, people. Can’t have your cake, and eat it too.

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