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Done deal: Visnovsky re-signs with Islanders

Mar 29, 2013, 10:17 PM EDT

Lubomir Visnovsky was a pending unrestricted free agent, but will not hit the open market this summer.

There was initially a report that the defenseman could re-sign with the New York Islanders in the next few days, according to Arthur Staple of Long Island Newsday.

Not long after posting that story on Twitter, Staple followed up with this:

The Islanders made it official on their website later Friday evening.

It is a two-year deal, although terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Islanders.

Visnovsky was in the final year of a five-year, $28 million contract. He’s currently a cap hit of $5.6 million.

Visnovsky, who turns 37 years of age in August, has three goals and nine points in 22 games this season, his first with the Islanders.

The Islanders, meanwhile, continue to battle for a post-season spot. They sit ninth right now.

They have won three games in a row, and are tied in points at 35 with their rivals, the eighth-place New York Rangers.

The Rangers do hold the current tiebreaker, with fewer games played.

  1. bcisleman - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Suspect Isles wanted to nail him down or trade him before the deadline. isles desperately need a backup goalie as Nabby is really the only guy they have who can be trusted for the stretch and possible playoffs. Bishop? Theodore? Even Bernier? Who knows?

  2. jdrew506 - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Yes they need a back up goalie but hopefully they keep him raven if it means missing the playoffs this year if it means a better team moving forwarded. I know this is not the popular situation but they need to start to be relevant for the long term again.

  3. gbar22 - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    It’s amazing how no one ever wants to go there yet when they get there they love it and stick around.

    • barkar942 - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      Amazing it is. Then they get there and find Tavares, Grabner, Streit, Molson and Nabokov. The Islanders have built a real good nucleus. Plus, there isn’t much time left before they move to their new arena in Brooklyn.

  4. jacketsfan7 - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Way too overpaid. last year I’m pretty sure he tried to block a trade to them now he liked it there. Weird

    • tuberippin - Mar 30, 2013 at 3:51 AM

      Enjoy James Wisniewski.

  5. gettingpwned - Mar 30, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Overpaid? He took a pay cut. Plus they’re so close to the cap floor it won’t matter. Johnny F’n Tavares FTW! Watch out smurfs and team Disney!

  6. giantssb42champs - Mar 30, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Isles do have a solid nucleus to built from. Would be nice if they could get one round of playoff experience this year while knocking out the rangers from the postseason. I’d consider that a highly successful season.

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