Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Lubomir Visnovsky and the New York Islanders
have finally ended an extended standoff, with the team lifting the veteran
defenseman's suspension after he reported to the club's facility on Thursday.
Visnovsky, acquired by the Isles in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks in June,
had been playing in the Kontinental Hockey League during the NHL lockout and
intended to remain with his Slovan Bratislava team for the remainder of the
2012-13 season. The NHL and KHL have an agreement in place, however, that
states that any player under contract in North America had to return once the
work stoppage had ended.
The Islanders immediately suspended Visnovsky, who finally arrived in the
United States on Wednesday night and passed a team physical on Thursday. He
was reinstated to the active roster and could play as soon as New York's home
date against Buffalo on Saturday.
Visnovsky and the Islanders had been at odds since the summer, with the 11-
year NHL veteran filing a grievance with the NHLPA following his trade from
the Ducks in an effort to have the deal voided based on a no-trade clause
within his contract. An arbitrator ruled in the Isles' favor because Visnovsky
had previously used the clause to accept a trade to Anaheim from Edmonton in
The Slovakia native had 18 goals and a career-best 68 points with the Ducks in
2010-11 and has accumulated 117 goals and 450 points over 771 career NHL
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