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NHL roundup: Islanders suspend Visnovsky

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NHL teams made a number of late roster moves on Friday as the teams prepare for their season-open games this weekend.

Several 18-year-olds made opening-game NHL rosters, while the New York Islanders are still dealing with veteran defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky. The Islanders suspended Visnovsky on Friday after he failed to report to the team and signed former Pittsburgh defenseman Brian Strait off waivers.

Visnovsky, 36, has played in the Kontinental Hockey League in his native Russia during the lockout. He was traded to the Islanders from the Anaheim Ducks during the offseason.

Visnovsky had told the Islanders that he wanted to remain in Slovakia to finish the season for his hometown team, but the KHL reportedly declined the request to extend his contract because of an agreement with the NHL that the leagues must honor the other's agreements. He also said his son has a health issue. It was reported earlier this week, he would report to the Islanders in two or three weeks.

---At least three 18-year-old players - Mikhail Grigorenko of Buffalo, Mike Dumba of Minnesota and Alex Galchenyuk of Montreal - will be on the rosters of NHL teams for their season-opening games.

According to the report, Grigorenko, a center, is likely to see ice time when the Sabres open against Philadelphia on Sunday.

Dumba, a defenseman who was the seventh overall pick of the 2012 drafft, is sticking with the Wild, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He could make his debut on Saturday when the Wild host the Colorado Avalanche.

Galchenyuk, a forward, was the third overall pick in the recent draft. He had 61 points in 33 games for OHL Sarnia this season.

---The Florida Panthers signed veteran right winger Alexei Kovalev to a one-year deal worth $1 million.

The contract also includes the opportunity earn additional bonuses, TSN reported.

Kovalev, 39, has been out of the NHL since the 2010-11 season when he appeared in 20 games for Pittsburgh and had two goals and five assists. Last season, he played 22 games in his native Russia for Atlant Moscow Oblast but suffered a knee injury.

Also, restricted free agent defenseman Dmitry Kulikov has signed a two-year deal with the Florida Panthers worth $5 million, TSN reported.

Kulikov, 22, had four goals and 24 assists in 58 games last season for Florida.

---Defenseman Wade Redden agreed to a one-year, $800,000 contract with the St. Louis Blues. Earlier this week, Redden was waived and had his contract bought out by the New York Rangers.

Redden, 35, has 13 years of experience in the NHL. For the past two seasons, Redden has played with the the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate in Connecticut.

---Detroit Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves, who has not played since suffering a broken jaw and concussion on Nov. 26, 2011, has been cleared to play and will be on the Red Wings- opening-day roster, according to the Detroit News.

---Philadelphia Flyers center Danny Briere won't be available for the season opener because of a hairline wrist fracture and is expected to miss at least the first two games, CSN Philly reported.

---The 2012 NHL Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Friday announced they have signed general manager Dean Lombardi, head coach Darryl Sutter and president of business operations Luc Robitaille to multiyear contract extensions.

Lombardi's deal is believed to be a four-year extension that runs through 2016-17, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times. The length of Sutter's agreement is not known.

--- The San Jose Sharks have agreed to contract extensions with former first-round selections Nick Petrecki and James Sheppard. Sheppard, 24, signed a one-year, two-way deal worth $825,000, according to ProHockeyTalk.com, and Petrecki, 23, also signed a one-year, two-way deal worth $650,000.

---The Tampa Bay Lightning reassigned forwards Mike Angelidis, J.T. Wyman and Kyle Wilson to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League on Friday to get down to the roster limit of 23 before the season opener.

The Lightning open at home against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.

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