The walls continue to close on Lubomir Visnovsky's attempt to bail on the New York Islanders and the final year of a five-year NHL contract originally signed with the Los Angeles Kings:
- The KHL has formally rejected Visnovsky's appeal to be allowed to stay with Slovakian club Slovan Bratislava.
- The New York Post quotes his agent Neil Sheehy as expecting Visnovsky will play for the Islanders, "but the timing of that, I don't know." Sheehy also mentions personal issues that "will come out at the appropriate time."
- The New York Times quotes Visnovsky telling the Slovakian Pravda that he hopes the Isles will "give [him] some time."
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.