Will Lubomir Visnovsky Return For the New York Islanders Soon?

By Dan Parzych
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There was plenty of hype for Lubomir Visnovsky when the New York Islanders acquired the defenseman from the Anaheim Ducks during the offseason, but the team has yet to see what he’s capable of doing for them as he’s in the middle of a suspension for failing to show up at the beginning of the season. Now, it appears the team only has to wait a few more weeks until Visnovsky could be in the lineup.

The reasons behind why Visnovsky failed to show up for the Islanders at the beginning of the season is sort of a mystery, but his agent recently posted a message on Twitter indicating that his client would be on the ice for New York by February 11 at that latest. So far, the Islanders have managed just fine without Visnovsky in the lineup, but it should be interesting to see whether or not he can even make an impact on the ice considering his numbers from the 2011-12 season aren’t anything to brag about.

Last year with the Ducks, Visnovsky played in 68 games while scoring six goals to go along with 21 assists–so there’s no reason for fans to get too excited over his suspension possibly being over by February 11. For a defenseman, these numbers are some-what decent, but the main factor will be whether or not Visnovsky is part of the answer to help the Islanders get to the playoffs this season.

Only time will tell, but let’s hope this acquisition from the offseason pays off for New York in the long run.

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