New York Islanders: Buyer Beware on Lubomir Visnovsky
He has averaged 13 goals and 35 assists the past seven years playing for the Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks. He has a booming slap shot which is sure to create scoring chances for John Tavares and company. He has been among the leaders in power play points for defenseman for the past decade.
His resume is pretty impressive. However, the Islanders may have forgotten to read the fine print. Lubomir Visnovsky has been about as breakable as a Tungsten Carbide. He has had a fair share of injuries in the past decade.
He was forced to miss most of the 2008-2009 season with a torn labrum, and he missed several games in the 2009-10 season with a flu. He also missed 16 games last season due to a broken finger.
His value to a team is unquestioned. During the 16 game stretch that Visnovsky didn't play during November and December in 2011 the Ducks went 2-9-2. The Ducks were 32-27-10 when Visnovsky was in the lineup.
Most said this was a great trade for the New York Islanders. The truth is, this is a fantastic trade for the Ducks. This is similar to the Dwayne Roloson trade the Islanders made a couple years back. The value back isn't fantastic, but it's good enough for an aging player that isn't going to help a rebuilding squad. The fact that the Islanders have consistently been a lottery team means that this pick could also end up being in the first 40 picks.
Visnovsky reminds me of Tim Tebow in a way. I like the guy and really like to see him succeed, just as long as he's succeeding on a team that I don't care about.
Don't get me wrong, I love Visnovsky for my fantasy team and I'll love him when he's on the ice. However, when he's yet another guy that will be on the shelf down the stretch yet again for this Islanders team, just remember that I told you so.
Christopher Benini is a New York Islanders Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and can be followed here.
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