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.