NHL Rumors: Lubomir Visnovsky

Fantasy Grapevine - Week 8 

November, 20, 2013
Schenn/Del ZottoUSA TODAY SportsBrayden Schenn and Michael Del Zotto could be off to new teams, if rumors are to be believed.
If the latest popular scuttlebutt evolves into reality, a couple of promising young NHLers would soon be on the move. Here's a speculative look at two figures who feature prominently in ongoing trade gossip -- forward Brayden Schenn of the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto -- and the fantasy fallout from a couple of potential transactions.

While the 22-year-old center isn't being actively shopped, TSN's Darren Dreger reports the Flyers have "quietly" informed other teams that Brayden would be available if the "right deal" is on the table. First and foremost, Philly craves quality blue-line help (one good game from an aging Kimmo Timonen doesn't cure all that ails). If GM Paul Holmgren can gain a good, young puck-moving defenseman, and possibly also offload salary cap burden and roster dead weight Andrej Meszaros as part of the package, the loss of Brayden should prove worthwhile.

Pursing that thread, Sportsnet analyst Nick Kypreos proposes a deal sending the younger Schenn brother to the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Jake Gardiner. Considering the lack of depth at center (see: Dave Bolland on LTIR) and excess of offensive defenseman (see: Morgan Rielly, and John-Michael Liles in an emergency), the Maple Leafs might be willing to make this move. Especially since Leafs management has reportedly been sweet on Brayden since before he was even drafted (2009).

From a fantasy perspective, such a move does Schenn's owners no favors, at least in the short term. Skating at left wing on a Flyers line with Vincent Lecavalier and Wayne Simmonds, the natural centerman has been all a-blaze, particularly of late (three goals and three assists in five games). A move to Toronto, for example, may result in Schenn battling Nazem Kadri for the second-line centerman's role (assuming Tyler Bozak is fit enough to play on the top unit). However, in the long run, Schenn projects to be a top-six center just about anywhere. Otherwise, center Sean Couturier is likely to most benefit from Schenn's prospective departure.

As for Gardiner (owned in five percent of ESPN.com leagues), a move out of Toronto would undoubtedly bolster the young D-man's fantasy value. Ranked behind Dion Phaneuf and Cody Franson on the Leafs' fantasy depth chart, the 23-year-old would benefit from playing a more prominent role elsewhere, predominantly with the man advantage. A team like the Flyers wouldn't pay the price necessary to snag Gardiner unless they had big plans.

Moving on to Del Zotto, our own Pierre LeBrun reports the Ottawa Senators are among a group of five or six teams that have interest in acquiring the struggling Rangers blueliner. Unsatisfied with the play of Patrick Wiercioch and, well, any other offensive defenseman not named Erik Karlsson, the Senators are understandably willing to roll the dice on somewhat unpredictable talent.

Such a move would do wonders for the 23-year-old's tumbling fantasy value. Failing to impress new coach Alain Vigneault, Del Zotto has spent significant time in the press box this season, and his role has been diminished when on the ice. The former first-round draft pick (2008) could undeniably use a change in address, whether that involves joining the Sens, Edmonton Oilers, or another squad altogether.

Fantasy Grapevine - Week 4 

October, 23, 2013
FlamesDerek Leung/Getty ImagesThe Flames have been surprisingly good thus far in the 2013-14 season.
Will he or won’t he?

Stick in the NHL, that is. Or rather, assuming Sean Monahan would vote a hearty “yea” if it was up to him on how to proceed, will they or won’t they? After putting Monahan through the paces of an allotted nine-game tryout, will the Calgary Flames opt to keep him on the big league roster for a 10th contest, subsequently burning the first year of his entry-level deal?

Shortly ahead of Wednesday’s official decision from the Flames regarding the matter, word is -- complements of the Calgary Sun’s Eric Francis and others -- the teen center isn’t going anywhere.

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Isles' next captain 

June, 5, 2013
With veteran defenseman Mark Streit most likely moving elsewhere, the New York Islanders face the task of selecting a new captain. As far as the top candidate is concerned, Newsday's Arthur Staple insists there's little need for debate.

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Isles' pre-deadline strategy (update) 

March, 30, 2013

UPDATE: ESPNNewYork.com's Katie Strang confirms the New York Islanders have agreed to terms with Lubomir Visnovsky on a two-year extension worth $9.5 million. And the club is currently working to re-sign fellow veteran defenseman Mark Streit.

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Visnovsky settling in with Islanders? 

March, 9, 2013
Due back sometime this weekend -- Saturday? Sunday? -- after attending to a sad, personal matter in Slovakia, defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky may soon be joined by his wife and kids. Kevin Schultz of Islanders Point Blank relays word from overseas that Visnovsky has found a home in Nassau County -- Jericho, specifically -- for the whole family.

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New contract for Streit? 

February, 22, 2013
UPDATE: According to a Swiss news outlet, as relayed by Islanders Point Blank, Mark Streit is looking to sign a three-year, $10-million extension with the New York Islanders. The 35-year-old defenseman is in the final year of a five-year, $20.5 million deal.

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UPDATE: Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky could make his debut for the New York Islanders as early as this weekend.

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Isles' odd D-man out 

February, 5, 2013
Unless the New York Islanders lose another player to injury within the next couple of weeks, the team will have to move a body to make roster room for the return of defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky. Even with Radek Martinek on injured reserve, the Islanders are at the 23-man limit once forward Josh Bailey returns to competitive action (this week, maybe).

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When will Visnovsky join Isles? 

February, 4, 2013
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.

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Visnovsky nearing return? 

January, 27, 2013
It appears Lubomir Visnovsky's return to the NHL might not be all that far off. According to his agent's twitter feed, the veteran defenseman will be back no later than Feb. 11.

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Latest Visnovsky brouhaha 

January, 16, 2013
UPDATE: Finally, some clarity.

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