NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky was not at the team’s first practice of the season on Sunday.

A shock it wasn’t.

The 11-year veteran is still in Slovakia, despite the fact that he has a contract with the Islanders and a plane ticket waiting to bring him to the United States.

General manager Garth Snow plans to speak with NHL officials regarding the situation, according to Newsday. It shouldn’t be an issue, however, as Visnovsky is required to play for New York since the lockout is over.

“(Visnovsky) will not be allowed to play in the KHL without the Islanders’ consent,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an email, according to Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

And the Islanders will not give the 36-year-old consent to play in the Kontinental Hockey League, Newsday reports.

“He’s under contract to the Islanders and he should be here,” Snow said.

Some players are beginning to express frustration over the situation, which does not bode well for the team as the 48-game campaign approaches.

“It bothers us, because the guys on this team love it here and guys who get traded or sign here end up loving it too,” left winger Matt Martin said. “This is just hanging around the team when we need to be totally focused and ready for a quick start to the season.”

Visnovsky was drafted in the fourth round by the Los Angeles Kings in 2000. He played for the Kings, Oilers and Ducks before being shipped to the Islanders for a second-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft on June 22.

The Slovakian scored six goals and dished out 21 assists in 68 games for Anaheim last season.

Are you getting sick and tired of this guy, Isles fans? Sound off with your thoughts and comments below…


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