According to Katie Strang of ESPNNewYork.com, defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky will return to the New York Islanders this week (insider access required). Strang confirmed the news from Visnovsky’s agent, Neil Sheehy via Twitter.
Traded in the off season from the Anaheim Ducks to the Islanders, Visnovsky was spending the lockout overseas, playing for the Slovan Bratislava of the KHL. Once the lockout was lifted Visnovsky refused to return to his new team, leading to the suspension.
Strang outlines that the NHL and KHL have an agreement that all players with a current NHL contract must return to their respective clubs once the work stoppage had ended. Because Visnovsky failed to do so, he Isles suspended him and the Slovan Bratislava club released as per the agreement.
Visnovsky tried one last attempt to stay overseas, citing personal and family reasons but was denied the last ditch effort, says Strang.
Last season with the Ducks the 36-year old scored 6 goals and added 21 assists in 68 games. For his career, Visnovsky has played in 771 games registering 450 points.