Found January 18, 2013 on
Pro Sports Daily:
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 that he wanted to remain in Slovakia to finish the season for his hometown team, but the KHL reportedly declined the request to extend his contract because of an agreement with the NHL that the leagues must honor the other's agreements. He also said his son has a health issue. The 11-year NHL veteran has played for the Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers and Ducks. He has 117 goals and 450 points in 771 career games. Strait, 25, has one assist in 12 NHL games with the Penguins in two seasons. In 26 American Hockey League games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season, he had no points.
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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...
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...
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...
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
My blog box buddies, Johnny Z from YesIslanders and Ken Dick from OkposoNet sat in the front row of the room waiting for Jack Capuano to arrive. The MSM, like Art Staple, took up a spot against the wall (as usual). I sat in the back (as usual).
Jack, wearing a suit that is obviously too big for him now that he has lost so much weight, made his way through the crowd and smiled at the media...
Ryan Strome (Niagara IceDogs)
Oh boy here is how I make friends and become popular among the New York Islander faithful. What a surprise the Islanders are sending back to their junior teams Ryan Strome (2011 1st Niagara OHL) and Griffin Reinhart (2012 1st Edmonton WHL) after less than a week at the Islander's training camp.
Why bother bringing them at all? Please spare me...
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...
Match-up - Devils (0-0-0) @ Islanders (0-0-0)
Road/Home records - 0-0-0 -------------- 0-0-0
TV - MSG Plus, MSG Plus 2
Puck drop - 7:00 PM ET
Season series - Tied 0-0
Last 10: Devils 0-0-0 / Islanders 0-0-0
Projected starting goalies - Martin Brodeur (NJ) vs. Evgeni Nabokov (NYI)
Battle of the stats
Goals for/against per game
New York (I) - 0 / 0
New Jersey ...