Monday, January 7, 2013

BREAKING: Lubomir Visnovsky Chooses To Stay in Slovakia

Update 3: According to Arthur Staple, Visnovskys agent said that his wishes are to remain in the KHL.  However, if the KHL says that he can't stay that he will come and play for the Islanders.

Update 2: According to Arthur Staple, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daley tells him that an agreement is in place with the KHL that would prevent Visnovsky from continuing to play there once the lockout is over and he assumes that agreement will be honored.

Update: According to Bob McKenzie, the NHL was assured by the KHL that players with valid NHL contracts wouldnt be allowed to remain in the KHL.

According to Arthur Staple of Newsday, Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky has chosen to not fullfill his contract with the Islanders and instead will remain with his team in Slovakia once NHL play gets under way again in a little over a week.

This is coming after a report broke yesterday that Visnovsky had received an offer to remain with his Slovakian team for the rest of the season and was seriously considering it.  Kevin Schultz from pointblank thought it was unlikely that he would stay because of the trouble it would cause between the NHL and the KHL and the memorandum of understanding between the leagues pertaining to players under contract.  Now it will be interesting to see if the NHL doesn't anything to stop Visnovsky from doing this.

Visnovsky has issued a statement about deciding to stay in Slovakia and not come to the Islanders:

"I have decided to stay and continue my career in the KHL for the remainder of the 2012-13 season.  I am thankful to the Isles for being so good to me. My decision not to play in the NHL is due to family and personal reasons.  I have made no decisions on next season. My focus now is on Slovan Bratislava, and enjoying my family in my home country." 

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