With the lockout ending, players are traveling from all over the globe back to their teams ahead of training camp. One player that has opted not to report is New York Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky.
Visnovsky has been playing for Slovan Bratislava of the Kontinental Hockey League during the work stoppage and announced today that he would be staying with them for the remainder of the KHL season. The defender's decision directly violates the NHL's agreement with the KHL that forces all players to return as soon as the lockout ends.
This fickle, yet fascinating situation, could lead to a very messy confrontation between the NHL, KHL and Visnovsky.
During the course of the lockout, many of the NHL's star players playing abroad had threatened to remain in the KHL had the league cut players’ salaries. The most notable name on that list was Washington Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin, who regularly took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with the lockout.