Monday, February 4, 2013
When will Visnovsky join Isles?
By Tom Carpenter
Both the New York Islanders and the agent for Lubomir Visnovsky have confirmed that the defenseman is expected to join the team this week, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
"[Agent Neil] Sheehy said the plan is for his client to fly in from Bratislava on Wednesday and join the team," wrote Staple. "Visnovsky still has a family member dealing with a health issue, but that might be resolved by the end of the week, so the 36-year-old defenseman is prepared to make the trip."
It's been a long and bizarre trip to get Visnovsky to the Isles. After he was traded to them on draft day, he filed a grievance against the Ducks to void the deal, but an arbitrator ruled that he didn't have a no-trade clause available to him in his contract. Soon after that, the lock out began, and then he opted to stay in Slovakia after the lockout was resolved.
Regardless, it appears that he could make his debut with the team as soon as this weekend. The veteran is owned in fewer than a third of ESPN leagues and makes for a decent pickup in deeper leagues if you need some defensive help.