UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the New York Islanders on Friday.

The defenseman has come a long way since being suspended by the Isles in February for failing to report to the team.

His veteran presence has allowed him to become a vital member of the Islanders’ blue line.  Visnovsky has nine points (three goals, six assists) in 22 games with the Islanders this season.

Some had speculated whether the Islanders would trade Visnovsky should they not agree a new deal, but the defenseman was more than happy to commit his future to the Islanders.

Visnovsky was acquired on June 22, 2012, from the Anaheim Ducks for a second-round pick in the 2013 draft.

He had a career season with Anaheim during the 2010-11 season, when he scored 18 goals and 50 assists in 81 games.

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