May 3, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky (11) handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in game two of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The New York Islanders won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Islanders don’t want Lubomir Visnovsky playing in Sochi Olympics

New York Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky has been skating in his return from a concussion, and he has hopes that he will be able to suit up for a game before the NHL takes a brief break next month during the Olympics.

Visnovsky was selected to play for Team Slovakia in the Sochi Games, but it looks like his team will try to make sure that doesn’t happen.

“As much as Lubo would like to represent his country and participate in the Olympics, our doctors and I are not comfortable with him going to play,” Islanders GM Garth Snow told Newsday.

The 37-year-old Visnovsky is one of just 14 players who have played this season that were born in Slovakia, so losing him would be an obviously blow to the team’s roster

Visnovsky is also likely facing his final opportunity to play in an Olympic Games, so the Islanders should allow him to play if he is cleared and able to take the ice.

Tags: 2014 Winter Olympics Lubomir Visnovsky New York Islanders Sochi Olympics

  • Þorsteinn Halldórsson

    Might be ok for him to play and get his feet moving…..Olympic rules are much stricter than NHL and therefore could be good for him.