The General Manager of Team Slovakia is none too happy with the New York Islanders decision to keep defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky from playing in the Olympics.
Visnovsky has played the Islanders past five games after missing the majority of the season with a concussion. Why the Islanders have denied him his chance to represent his country is puzzling.
“If it’s possible he can play and he says he’s okay, he can play, I really don’t understand why he not can play… If he is injured, we accept this. If he say he’s not injured and he can play and (Snow) say we don’t let him go, we don’t understand this.”
“For Lubomir Visnovsky this is last chance to play for national team… If he not play, it’s not good for him. He is same than Zdeno Chara and Visnovsky, big here in Slovakia.”
“In the Slovakia, No. 1, it’s poor,” Sykora said. “Fifty per cent population … they don’t work. Fifty per cent population watches these games. These guys, they are special guys from NHL. They are big heroes. This is just one chance bring all together in one time in four years.”
This is obviously a general manager who wants to see Slovakia put the best team possible on the ice. They have already lost Marian Gaborik because of injury. Now, to lose Visnovsky would be a huge blow to their defense.
You can understand why Islanders GM Garth Snow is apprehensive about sending a player that just returned from concussion to the Olympics. Still, like Sykora said, this is most likely Visnovsky’s last chance.