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Report: Visnovsky to report to Isles this week

by Staff

Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is expected to report to the New York Islanders this week, his agent, Neil Sheehy, tweeted Monday.

Newsday reported Sunday that Visnovsky is expected to arrive Wednesday from Bratislava, where he has been playing for HC Slovan of the Kontinental Hockey League.

The Islanders acquired Visnovsky in June through a draft-day trade with the Anaheim Ducks. However, Visnovsky tried to have the trade voided by filing a grievance against the Ducks, claiming he had a no-trade clause from a contract he signed with the Los Angeles Kings.

An arbitrator ruled against Visnovsky, but once the lockout ended he opted to stay in Bratislava and play in the KHL. That was made impossible due to an agreement the NHL and KHL have to honor contracts.

Sheehy tweeted on Jan. 26 that Visnovsky was dealing with "personal medical reasons within his immediate family," but he would report to the Islanders no later than Feb. 11.

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