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Islanders say rehabbing Lubomir Visnovsky won't play in Olympics

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Visnovsky might be healthy but won't be playing for Slovakia. (Getty Images)
Visnovsky might be healthy but won't be playing for Slovakia. (Getty Images)

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When Slovakia announced its roster for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, New York Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky made the cut despite being injured. He could be ready to go when the Olympics begin but he won't be going.

Visnovsky has been recovering from a shoulder injury and he's targeting a return to the Islanders before the Olympic break. After that he wanted to target the Olympics too but Islanders GM Garth Snow is putting the kibosh on those plans.

From Arthur Staple of Newsday:

"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.

That's a tough blow, every hockey player wants to represent their country in the Olympics. But the team that pays your salary comes first and if they don't think he should take the risk of playing then their say goes a long way.

Of course if he's able to return for the Islanders before the Olympic break you can question the decision a little but it's better to be safe than sorry and a couple of weeks without playing games would likely only help in the return to full strength.

Visnovsky has only played in eight games this season, recording a goal and two assists.

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