MOSCOW, September 19 (RIA Novosti) –
New York Islanders veteran defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky has returned to his first pro team Slovan Bratislava for the NHL lockout period, the KHL confirmed Wednesday.
The 36 year old was traded to the Islanders in June, but didn’t get the chance to play for them as the lockout broke out last Saturday after the NHL and the players’ association failed to agree terms on a new collective contract.
It sparked a flurry of signings, the highest-profile of which include Evgeni Malkin's return to Metallurg Magnitogorsk and Alex Ovechkin’s to Dynamo Moscow.
Visnovsky has a 12-year NHL career that began with the L.A. Kings and continued with the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks, notching up 454 points in 789 games.
He was a part of the Slovakia national team that won the 2002 world championships.
Slovan is a new addition to the KHL this season, and has won three of its first six games.
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