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Lubomir Visnovsky inks 2-year, $9.5 million extension to stay with Islanders

Sean Leahy
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When New York Islanders GM Garth Snow is making pitches to free agents this summer, he should really have Lubomir Visnovsky and Evgeni Nabokov film PSAs about Long Island explaining what made them both change their minds and stay after initially trying to get out from coming to the team.

After seeking to void his June trade to the Islanders claiming his no-trade clause was still valid, and then having a bit of a delay in joining them in January, Arthur Staple of Newsday breaks the news that Visnovsky has come to terms on a 2-year, $9.5 million extension.

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, Visnovsky's new contract includes a no-movement clause with a key bullet point. He can be dealt in the second year of the contract at the trade deadline if the Islanders are out of playoff contention.

Despite all the drama that preceded his arrival to Long Island, Visnovsky brought over his wife and two children in early March after tending to a personal matter in Slovakia and expressed his happiness with his current situation.

Through 22 game this season, Visnovsky has three goals, nine points and is third on the team in time on ice with an even 23 minutes. His presence has helped out the NHL's 8th-ranked power play, with six of his nine points coming with the extra man.

Next on Snow's list is team captain Mark Streit. Staple reported this week that the two sides are progressing toward a three-year extension.

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