The New York Islanders have been without Lubomir Visnovsky since October 19, and it doesn’t appear likely that they’ll have him back in the lineup anytime soon. After sitting for a month and waiting for concussion symptoms to subside, Visnovsky hasn’t made any progress according to Arthur Staple of Long Island Newsday.
Even when Visnovsky, who was sent to a specialist in Minnesota two weeks ago for an exam, does finally get to a symptom-free status, concussion protocol dictates he rest and have exams at each step of his return (off-ice work, on-ice work, full practice). So he is nowhere near returning.
That’s bad news for an Islanders team that could certainly use the help on the blue line. What Visnovsky lacks in defensive acumen, he more than makes up for with offensive flair—especially on the power play. New York is ranked 17th with the extra man and has clicked at a pedestrian 18.9% with Visnovsky on the shelf.
The offensive-defenseman was injured on the 19th in a contest against the Carolina Hurricanes. While the NHL has seen plenty of blatant head shots this year that had led to head trauma, the hit really doesn’t fall under the malicious category. Here’s the aftermath.
There’s no timetable for Visnovsky’s return, and it seems likely that he’ll remain out for the foreseeable future.