Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/22/14 at 08:50 AM ET
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
Lubomir Visnovsky says he still hasn't given up hope of trying to represent Slovakia at the Olympics next month, but the Islanders will not be allowing Visnovsky to go to Sochi.
"This is the first time in my life I don't do anything for three months," said Visnovsky, who had a vigorous skate at Madison Square Garden following the Islanders' morning spin Tuesday. "When you hurt your shoulder, you can ride the bike and be ready to skate. Right now for me, it's very tough.
"I'm looking for my first game back with the Islanders and be back in perfect condition -- after that, I try thinking about Olympics."
Even though Visnovsky was named to the Slovak roster for a fifth time earlier this month, Islanders general manager Garth Snow told Newsday that even if Visnovsky can return before the Feb. 9 Olympic break begins, the 37-year-old defenseman won't be going.
"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," Snow said.
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