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Rick DiPietro knows all about being kept away from the hockey rink when he wished he could play.
Injuries upon injuries have sidelined the man who should have been the New York Islanders' franchise player but instead became the punch line for the club that has struggled to stay relevant in the NHL.
But DiPietro is back with the Islanders, ready to get back on the ice for the 48-game sprint of a season that will begin Saturday night at home against the defending Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils.
If DiPietro's health can come anywhere close to matching his enthusiasm, the Islanders could have quite a solid veteran goaltending tandem of Evgeni Nabokov and the 31-year-old DiPietro.
''Can't tell you how excited,'' he said during this week's abbreviated training camp. ''The adrenaline is going to be flowing. Not going to be the cleanest of hockey for the first couple of weeks.''
This latest delay for DiPietro wasn't cau...
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Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky apparently has given up his attempt to continue to play in Solvakia and will return to play for the New York Islanders, although it may be two or three weeks before he joins the NHL team. Late Tuesday, Visnovsky's agent, Neil Sheehy, confirmed on Twitter that Visnovsky, 36, will return to the Islanders after taking care of some personal situations...
The Islanders are suspending newly acquired defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky for failing to report to the team on Friday for the start of the NHL season.
Visnovsky has been playing in Russia's KHL, but is required to return now that the lockout is over. The Islanders' season opens Saturday night.
Visnovsky, acquired in June from Anaheim, attempted to have the trade overruled...
The New York Islanders suspended defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky on Friday after he failed to report to the team and signed former Pittsburgh defenseman Brian Strait off waivers. Visnovsky, 36, has played in the Kontinental Hockey League in his native Russia during the lockout. He was traded to the Islanders from the Anaheim Ducks during the offseason. Visnovsky had told the Islanders...
Brian Strait has been claimed by the New York Islanders.
It looked like a risk sending him down...
Via Bob McKenzie:
NYI claim Brian Strait from PIT.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 18, 2013
New Jersey Devils (0-0-0) @ New York Islanders (0-0-0)
In a few years we will stop having to visit that place they call an arena on Long Island and head to Brooklyn to play the Islanders but for now, we will continue to play in them in the Nassau Coliseum.
Here we go… CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?? Finally, after months and months of fighting over money and more money and contract...