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Visnovsky’s agent stands by decision to keep him out of Olympics

Feb 9, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 04: Lubomir Visnovsky #11 of the New York Islanders in action against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on February 4, 2014 in Washington, DC. The New York Islanders won, 1-0. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Getty Images

When New York Islanders GM Garth Snow made the decision not to let defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky play in the Olympics despite the fact that he returned from a concussion on Jan. 27, it raised some eyebrows.

After all, Visnovsky is 37 years old and was poised to represent Slovakia for a fifth and likely last time. On top of that his national team, already battered by injuries, needed him. Slovakian Olympic GM Otto Sykora felt strongly enough about it to publicly question Snow’s stance and then reached out to the Islanders general manager.

Sykora later accepted the decision and added that Visnovsky didn’t feel up to taking part in the international tournament.

Visnovsky’s agent, Neil Sheehy, took to Twitter to further dispelled any notion that there might be hard feelings between the Islanders and his client:

Although the Islanders don’t have a realistic shot at making the playoffs at this point, Visnovsky will try to end the season on a high note to set up his and the team’s comeback bid in 2014-15.

  1. bcisleman - Feb 9, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    This is typical of Snow. He stands up for his guys. He was more than happy for others to rip him and keep the heat of Lubo. Only when the Slovak GM pressed the issue was the truth brought out. No GM works harder to maintain good relations with his players.

    • davebabychreturns - Feb 10, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      I will say that, Garth Snow gets a lot of heat from a lot of sources (and when you’re working for a franchise like the Islanders – I don’t mean offense by that, sorry – some of it’s going to stick), but he seems like a classy guy all in all who appears to be willing to stick to his guns both with his players and with regards to making some big gambles when he feels the time is right.

      I don’t necessarily agree with some of the things he does but you’ve got to respect the guy.

      • davebabychreturns - Feb 10, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        (Although I still find it weird that he is healthy enough for NHL games but not healthy enough for the Olympics. I feel he shouldn’t have been playing anywhere if his concussion is a concern.)

  2. shamu1the1whale - Feb 10, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    It’s too bad that he isn’t going. Given that he just scored a goal and an assist at this past Saturday’s game against the Avs, doesn’t that mean he’s well enough to play in Sochi?

  3. gratescott - Feb 10, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    There’s always the chance that they’re listening to offers for Lubo and don’t want to risk further injury before the trade deadline. Once next year rolls around he has a “No Movement Clause” that kicks in.

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