Lubomir Visnovsky to debut, play big role for Islanders

Visnovsky to debut, play big role for NYI

2/9/13 in NHL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Lubomir Visnovsky to debut, play big role for IslandersAfter Lubomir Visnovsky's strenuous saga, the defenseman has finally reported to the Islanders and is set to make his debut Saturday night against the Buffalo Sabres.

After being traded from the Anaheim Ducks to the Islanders in June, Visnovsky attempted to block the trade by claiming he had a no-trade clause in his contract. An arbitrator eventually rejected Visnovsky's claim, and ruled that he be under contract with the Islanders.

The Czechoslovakian-born skater had been playing for Slovan Bratislava of the KHL during the NHL lockout, allowing him to be closer to his family. After experiencing the enjoyment of spending his work season close to home, Visnovsky opted to stay in the KHL for "personal reasons." The NHL and KHL, however, had an agreement that forbade NHL players from remaining in the KHL once the NHL lockout had ended. As a result, Visnovsky agreed to return to America to play for his rightful team.

Not only is Visnovsky ready to suit up and get solid minutes, but he'll also be a big factor on the power-play. During his first practice with the Islanders on Friday, Visnovsky was working with the Islanders' first power-play unit. It makes sense that he would eventually make his way to that role, as he scored 68 points in the 2010-11 season, but it's surprising to see him earn that role so soon. He'll man the point alongside captain Mark Streit.

Visnovsky will provide a solid boost to an Islanders team that has been struggling as of late. Currently ranked 14th on the power-play, the Islanders should be very efficient with a man advantage once Visnovsky finds his rhythm.

For the fantasy hockey players of the world, Visnovsky is definitely worth a pickup if you're in search of a defenseman.
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