Posted January 18, 2013 on
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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 but an arbitrator ruled in December that the deal was valid.
''Lubo has personal reasons for not reporting to the Islanders right now, all of which have absolutely nothing to do with the New York Islanders,'' Visnovsky's agent, Neil Sheehy, wrote in an email to The Associated Press on Monday. ''We will have to see how this situation plays out.''
The KHL is complying with an agreement with the NHL and won't let Visnovsky play in Russia now that the lockout has ended.
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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...
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...
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Via Bob McKenzie:
NYI claim Brian Strait from PIT.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 18, 2013
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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 ...