Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Isles defenseman staying out

SYOSSET, N.Y. — Only one NHL player who played overseas during the lockout has refused to return to his team.

Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky was asked to report to training camp by Monday morning or face suspension.

Instead, he was still in his native Slovakia with Slovan Bratislava of the Kontinental Hockey League. A photograph on Slovan's Facebook page showed Visnovsky on the team bus, headed to the Czech Republic for today's game against Lev Prague. An agreement between the NHL and the KHL bars players under contract with a team in one league from playing in the other.

The Islanders confirmed to the New York Times that they had neither suspended Visnovsky nor given consent for him to remain with Slovan.

He told Slovak paper Pravda he wanted to stay with Slovan because of "family issues" but conceded that the Islanders had a right to be upset with him.

When he was acquired from Anaheim in June, Visnovsky refused to report, citing a no-trade clause. An arbitrator ruled in the Islanders' favor.

HOSSA BACK: Marian Hossa, knocked out of the 2012 playoffs with a severe concussion on an illegal hit by Phoenix's Rafi Torres, took an accidental hit in practice and was symptom-free. "It was a good test and I passed it, I think," Hossa said.

KINGS: Coming off a Stanley Cup, the team is set to offer extensions to general manager Dean Lombardi and coach Darryl Sutter, the Los Angeles Times reported.

MOVES: The Canucks signed defenseman Jim Vandermeer, 32, who played with San Jose last season. … The Stars traded defenseman and Edmonton native Mark Fistric to the Oilers for a third-round pick in this year's draft.

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