In a very intriguing plot twist in the story of Lubomir Visnovsky, the veteran defenseman has decided that he would like to remain with the New York Islanders organization.
Visnovsky was acquired by the Islanders last summer, but had initially attempted to convince the league to void it. During the lockout, there were questions about whether or not he’d actually join the club or choose to remain in the KHL, which would have ignited a whole mess of issues between the two leagues.
Less than a year later, Visnovsky chose to remain with the Islanders after the two sides agreed to a two-year extension on Friday. That extension will pay him $9.5 million over the course of the deal.
Visnovsky becomes the second veteran that the Islanders have chosen to re-sign over the last couple of weeks. They also agreed to a new one-year deal with goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. Ironically enough, he had his own questions about whether or not he’d like to be a part of this organization.
Though he’s far past his prime, Visnovsky can still be an asset to this team. He’s the type of guy who will add a veteran presence to the mix, and can be a key contributor on the power play. Six of his nine points this season have come with the Islanders on the man advantage.
With Visnovsky locked up, the trade market is now without another defenseman. Now the Islanders will likely turn to the last of their unrestricted free agent trio, with Mark Streit, who they’d also like to re-sign before the trade deadline.