Sweet home, Bratislava / Where the skies are so grey - Martin Rose
20 Total Updates since January 7, 2013
4 months ago Update 3 comments
By this point you know Lubomir Visnovsky is at long last on his way to the New York Islanders, so we needn't continue with the breathless updates through stretched translations of reports from his home country of Slovakia.
But to hopefully tie a bow on this story stream, which in one context stretches back to last summer, Newsday's Arthur Staple says the not-quite-prodigal defenseman should arrive on Long Island this evening in time to have his physical Thursday morning:
Lubomir Visnovsky will arrive in NY this evening, take physical Thurs. AM and join #Isles for Fri. practice. Saturday possible first 1st gm.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) February 6, 2013
Visnovsky has battled injuries over the past couple of seasons, so cross your fingers he passes the physical.
The Isles have one open roster slot thanks to Radek Martinek being placed on IR earlier this week. If, as Staple also suggests, Josh Bailey (knee) is targeting a return by Saturday, that means there's one more move to come.
4 months ago Article 227 comments
Picking through the pieces of the New York Islanders loss to the Devils, and confirming that Lubomir Visnovsky is due to report Wednesday.
4 months ago Article 402 comments
In a lengthy interview with sport.sk, the suspended New York Islanders defenseman explains when he's reporting and why it's sooner than previously expected.
4 months ago Update 13 comments
But there's a lot of roster shuffling -- and a whole lot of defensemen in camp -- to be dealt with between now and then.
As you were.
(h/t rickrays in comments)
4 months ago Update 32 comments
Finland-based sportswriter Matias Strozyk tweeted new quotes that -- depending on your degree of cynicism -- either illuminate Lubomir Visnovsky's reluctance to return to the NHL or add another layer to the whole saga:
Visnovsky: "I still can't fly, need to stay for at least 2 wks. My son has health issues. Nothing serious, but recovery will take a while."— Matias Strozyk (@MaStrozyk) January 16, 2013
Visnovsky: "I've asked permission to play for Slovan for the next 2 weeks. If I don't get it, I'll just practice in Bratislava." - pluska.sk— Matias Strozyk (@MaStrozyk) January 16, 2013
The reason Islanders fans are understandably suspicious is that: 1) this information is only bleeding out now, and 2) some suspect a "two to three week" period is a ruse to buy time for negotiations that the KHL claims are possible under its MOU with the NHL about contracts during the lockout year.
Maybe the player didn't want to make a big deal of private matters. Maybe it's something more from the one NHLer who seemed to hope the lockout would not end. Regardless, you hope his son is fine, and you figure Visnovsky will eventually be in uniform.
4 months ago Update 25 comments
Another trans-Atlantic day, another slow trickle of Lubomir Visnovsky news. The latest has his agent, Neil Sheehy, tweeting:
Lubomir Visnovsky said he looks forward to reporting to the NYI after tending to "personal reasons" which have kept him from reporting.— NEIL SHEEHY (@ICEHockeyAgent) January 16, 2013
Many here and elsewhere have pointed out that 2012-13 became a special homecoming season -- until the end of the lockout, anyway -- for Visnovsky and his compatriots as Slovan Bratislava entered the KHL and is now within reach of a playoff spot. On that note, Tuesday Slovan traveled to regional rival Lev Prague for a key meeting in the West Division race.
Who knows, maybe everyone will get a portion of what they want.
4 months ago Update 25 comments
Maybe there are issues at home to sort out -- some reports reference "family" and "health" -- and maybe that's a diversion. (Boy, people will feel bad if they find out something serious about his family.) Regardless, he's now a man without a team until he reports to the Islanders and fulfills his deal.
The Islanders are waiting.
4 months ago Article 299 comments
The latest interviews reinforce that Lubomir Visnovsky knows what most predict: If he wants to keep playing pro hockey, he probably has to do this half-year as a New York Islander.
4 months ago Article 222 comments
Finley is listed at 6'8". So he has that going for him...which is nice.
4 months ago Article 16 comments
The New York Islanders defenseman continues to play with his KHL team and will once again miss training camp on Monday.
4 months ago Update 29 comments
Did we say the Lubomir Visnovsky situation is a saga? It's a saga.
Two and a half hours later, this:
#Isles booked flight for Visnovsky today. He wasn't on it. Appears this will be settled between NHL and KHL now.
Not clear whether the Isles had assurances he would take the flight and he reneged, or if this is just another escalating step in building a grievance for a player that hasn't/won't report.
4 months ago Update 76 comments
The Lubomir Visnovsky saga just keeps getting better. The latest comments, to Slovakian site Sportky.sk, relay that he wasn't happy after a phone call from Garth Snow and Doug Weight before a game with Slovan, the Slovakian KHL team where he's played during the lockout.
Visnovsky, according to a translation by the New York Times:
"Both went after me emotionally — it was hard for me ... I said that now I have a game to focus on, so I had to forget about it and play."
The Times also says he is tired of being "pushed" by the Islanders and the NHL. The 36-year-old defenseman is in the fifth year of a five year contract that pays him $28 million, minus escrow and outbreaks of lockout.
These are probably the words of a player who has really enjoyed playing in front of hometown fans and realizes that will not be possible for much longer, if the KHL enforces an agreement claimed by the NHL.
If you've followed any of Visnovsky's history of fun interviews while in the NHL, you know such heartfelt and somewhat quirky talk is par for the course. However this ends, there will be more fun quotes to come.
4 months ago Update 78 comments
Even though Lubomir Visnovsky's North American agent is the (reluctant?) purveyor of his statements claiming he's decided to stay with KHL Slovan Bratislava in Slovakia, out of the other side of his mouth he's acknowledging -- again -- that he has to and will report to the Islanders if forced, Newsday reports.
In related news, KHL officials and some players are making something of a fuss in Russian media about maybe the NHL lockout puts those contracts in jeopardy, but you that's how that whole drill goes. If Ilya Kovalchuk stays in the KHL this season, then the Hudson River is the secret to the Northwest Passage.
4 months ago Update 8 comments
"This is what happens, Lubo. This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps."
Something to that effect, except without Walter's trademark "enthusiasm," is how NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly responded to reporters when asked about the Lubomir Visnovsky situation.
Visnovsky has let it be known through his agent Neil Sheehy he intends to ride this season out with Slovan Bratislava, the Slovakian KHL club where he's been spending the NHL lockout.
Daly told Newsday's Arthur Staple that the NHL and KHL have an agreement that would prevent contracted NHL players from continuing in the KHL. This saga, per its nature, isn't over yet.
4 months ago Article 434 comments
Same drill, different day.
8 months ago Article 51 comments
An arbitrator has upheld the Anaheim Ducks' trade of Lubomir Visnovsky to the New York Islanders, meaning their top four and powerplay should improve. If there's a season.
9 months ago Article 101 comments
Wait, is this all there is to the Visnovsky grievance?
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11 months ago Article 150 comments
Lubomir Visnovsky is an interesting, complex cat.
11 months ago Article 69 comments
The Islanders acquired offensive defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky! This totally does not solve their blueline problems, they will learn over the next six months of drama.