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Lubomir Visnovsky | Defenseman

Team: New York Islanders
Age / DOB:  (38) / 8/11/1976
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 197
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Lubomir Visnovsky could be a nice sleeper pick for the coming season, as the former 68-point blueliner will be off the radar after a concussion riddled 2013-14 season.
Visnovsky played in just 24 games last year accumulating 11 points. The 38 year-old will still be relied on for heavy minutes and to quarterback the power play for the Isles if he can stay healthy. The fiery Slovakian will also help usher in the new guard on the Isles blueline, including top prospects Griffin Reinhart and Calvin de Haan. Aug 17 - 8:02 PM

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Lubomir Visnovsky isn't out of the woods yet when it comes to his recovery from a concussion.

"Sometimes I feel good, sometimes not too well," Visnovsky said. "It's a long summer, four, five months, so hopefully I will be OK . . . [Retirement] is not for me yet. Think positive." Visnovsky had 11 points in just 24 games in 2013-14. He's dealing with his second concussion since the beginning of the campaign.
Apr 15 - 10:31 AM

The upper body injury to Lubomir Visnovsky is a recurrence of his concussion woes.

Visnovsky suffered a concussion in October and it was thought at the time that he would be out for the remainder of the season but he returned in February. There is no timetable for his return and with only three weeks left in the season and the Islanders going nowhere, the team could just shut him down for remainder of the season.
Mar 24 - 6:31 AM

Lubomir Visnovsky will not be in the Islander lineup Sunday against the Blue Jackets.

He is dealing with an upper-body injury that will keep him sidelined. Matt Carkner will dress in his place against Columbus. Consider Visnovsky day-to-day.
Mar 23 - 9:56 AM

Lubomir Visnovsky missed Friday's practice due to an upper-body injury.

Visnovsky will probably miss Sunday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He should be regarded as day-to-day beyond that, but obviously just about any injury is potentially season-ending this late into the campaign.
Mar 22 - 10:59 AM

Lubomir Visnovsky scored on the power play and set up the other goal in a 5-2 loss to Colorado Saturday.

It was Visnovsky's first two points since returning to action six games ago after missing over three months with a concussion. The blueliner will get extra rest over the Olympic break as the Islanders will not allow him to play for Slovakia. He has two goals and five points with a minus-three rating in only 14 games this season. He is worth looking at the rest of the way in deeper pools as Visnovsky has always been an offensive force.
Feb 9 - 7:17 AM

Team Slovakia GM Otto Sykora was confused by the New York Islanders' decision to stop Lubomir Visnovsky from playing in the Winter Olympics.

Visnovsky missed a little more than three months due to a concussion, but he returned on Jan. 27 and has played in five straight contests. Even still, the Islanders prevented him from representing his country. "If it's possible he can play and he says he's okay, he can play, I really don't understand why he not can play," Sykora said. Sykora plans to make his case to Islanders GM Garth Snow Friday night. Slovakia is in a tough spot as it is because Marian Gaborik is sidelined.
Source: Toronto Sun
Feb 7 - 6:47 PM

Lubomir Visnovsky will not be participating in the 2014 Winter Games.

Visnovsky returned from a concussion on Jan. 27, but the Islanders still don't want him to play for Slovakia. "We just don't feel comfortable letting him go," Islanders GM Garth Snow said. That's a big blow for Slovakia, which will also be without Marian Gaborik. The nation has produced some star players, but they don't have a deep roster to fall back on.
Feb 7 - 9:54 AM

Lubomir Visnovsky logged 22:08 minutes in his return from a concussion.

That's quite a bit of playing time given that Visnovsky was sidelined for over three months. He had a plus-one rating in Boston's 6-3 victory over the Islanders.
Jan 28 - 10:01 AM

Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion) will return to New York's lineup on Monday

He has out of action since Oct. 19 due to a concussion. Visnovsky had three points in eight games prior to getting hurt. He is superb on the power play and could be a solid pickup once he works his way back into game shape.
Jan 27 - 11:58 AM

Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion) could return to the Islanders' lineup on Monday, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.

The veteran blueliner has been out since Oct. 19. Visnovsky only began practicing without a non-contact jersey Friday and has only been practicing for about a week. He has three points on the season.
Jan 25 - 9:12 PM

Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky practiced without a non-contact jersey Friday for the first time since being concussed on Oct. 19.

"Conditioning [and] a few more practices," is how coach Jack Capuano described what is holding Visnovsky back from returning. "If things progress the way they’re going, he could be ready next week — I’m hoping." Capuano has had to rely on a very young and inexperienced defensive corps in Visnovsky’s absence, and now through some serious growing pains, is readying for the veteran’s return. "I’d like to get healthy," said Capuano, who is also missing No. 1 defenseman Travis Hamonic to a presumed concussion. "As coaches, you always want to hold guys accountable for their play, we’ve done that at the forward position. We haven’t been healthy back there, so there aren’t a whole of lot changes we could make back there, with the roster that we have."
Jan 25 - 10:25 AM

Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion) was upbeat after returning to practice on Sunday.

Visnovsky hasn't played since Oct. 19. "I feel like a hockey player right now because when I wake up, my legs are sore, not just my head," Visnovsky said. "My body feels like it did before and it's a great feeling. I am happy to skate with the guys." He hasn't been cleared for contact yet, so he still shouldn't be counted on to return in the near future.
Jan 20 - 9:32 AM

Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion) returned to the New York Islanders' practice in a yellow jersey on Sunday.

There's no indication how soon he'll be back this season, but they'd welcome the speedy offensive catalyst when he can. He had three points in eight games and hasn't been in action since Oct. 19. He collected 14 points in 35 games in his debut season in Long Island in 2012-13 despite protesting a trade from Anaheim.
Jan 19 - 1:08 PM

Lubomir Visnovsky is still unable to skate after suffering a concussion on October 19.

Visnovsky could take a baseline test in the next week and he would be allowed to start skating if he is able to pass the test. It's possible as well that he is done for the season although his agent Neil Sheehy said: "He wants to get back and play for the Islanders this season." Stay tuned.
Jan 5 - 9:07 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1John Tavares
2Mikhail Grabovski
3Frans Nielsen
4Ryan Strome
5Casey Cizikas
6Anders Lee
LW1Michael Grabner
2Matt Martin
3Cory Conacher
4Johan Sundstrom
5Eric Boulton
6Brock Nelson
7Michael Dal Colle
RW1Nikolai Kulemin
2Kyle Okposo
3Josh Bailey
4Cal Clutterbuck
5Colin McDonald
6Joshua Ho-Sang
D1Lubomir Visnovsky
2Travis Hamonic
3Calvin De Haan
4Thomas Hickey
5Matt Carkner
6Brian Strait
7Matt Donovan
8T.J. Brennan
G1Jaroslav Halak
2Chad Johnson