As reported by Newsday’s Arthur Staple, Lubomir Visnovsky intends to remain in Slovakia for the rest of the season.

“I have decided to stay and continue my career in the KHL for the remainder of the 2012-13 season. I am thankful to the New York Islanders for being so good to me. My decision not to play in the NHL is due to family and personal reasons. I have made no decisions on next season. My focus now is on HC Slovan Bratislava, and enjoying my family in my home country.”

There’s no way the Islanders will tolerate this course of action without raising a huge stink. Plus the NHL won’t put up with such shenanigans either.

“We have an agreement with the KHL that would preclude Mr. Visnovsky from continuing to play in the KHL once the lockout is officially lifted,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. “I assume that agreement will be respected.”

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