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NHL notes: Lubomir Visnovsky a no-show at Islanders training camp

Lubomir Visnovsky (left) was a no-show at the Islanders' training camp for a second straight day....

Lubomir Visnovsky (left) was a no-show at the Islanders' training camp for a second straight day. (ERROL McGIHON/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 8:09 PM ET

The New York Islanders were without the services of veteran defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky for a second straight day at training camp.

He stayed away on Monday for "personal reasons," according to an ESPN report, even though he is still under contract with the Isles.

Visnovsky is with the KHL's Slovan Bratislava and plans to play in its game in Prague on Tuesday, according to TV NOVA Sport.

The Isles could suspend Visnovsky if he refuses to play.

The team booked a flight for him to come back to the U.S., but he didn't get on and suggested he'd rather play for Slovan Bratislava.

"The KHL has repeatedly said that they will not permit him to play, so I guess we will have to see what happens," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said, according to ProHockeyTalk.com.

However, KHL president Alexander Medvedev made a statement that he will help an NHL player that decides to stay.

Visnovsky had six goals and 21 assists for the Anaheim Ducks last season before being traded to the Isles in the offseason.

DEVILS EXPECT KOVALCHUK IN CAMP

Star Russian sniper Ilya Kovalchuk is making his way back to North America and will be at the New Jersey Devils training camp in Newark, N.J., on Wednesday, club general manager Lou Lamoriello told NHL.com.

Kovalchuk, who asked permission to play in the KHL All-Star Game on Sunday, wants to get his family settled down in New Jersey before heading to camp. He will not face any discipline from the club for missing the first three days of camp.

"I am very comfortable with this situation," Lamoriello said. "There is no penalty involved. There is no disrespect involved. I've talked to him and I feel comfortable where we're at. We're anxious to get him back here and get him in the lineup with the rest of the people and there will be no repercussions."

Lamoriello said he's not concerned about the optics in allowing Kovalchuk's late arrival to the Devils training camp

"I think if you know me well enough there is no way we'll ever put an individual in front of the team," Lamoriello said. "I do not have any hesitations. If it were different I'd tell you."

Lamoriello did admit it was not an ideal situation for Kovalchuk to miss a part of their camp.

"You certainly want all the players here, but this is not the first time something like this has happened," he said. "Throughout my years I've been through just about every type of thing, but this is something where there has been total communication. This is not something there is any, right now, concern whatsoever from my part.

BRIERE HAS HAIRLINE FRACTURE

Philadelphia forward Danny Briere has a hairline fracture of his left wrist and may not play in the Flyers' first two games of the season, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren says he was encouraged by Briere's MRI Monday and hinted that the centre could be skating shortly.

Briere sustained the injury Dec. 28 while playing in Germany during the NHL lockout.

Briere had 16 goals and 49 points in 70 games in 2011-12, then exploded for eight goals and 13 points in 11 playoff games.

Meanwhile, the Flyers could also be missing defenceman Andrej Meszaros, who tore his right Achilles tendon while working out during the summer.

Meszaros had been skating on his own after being cleared to play on Jan. 7, but is unsure if he will be ready for the season opener.

STATUS QUO FOR SUBBAN

It was another quiet day for unsigned Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban.

Subban's agent Don Meehan did not have any contact with Habs GM Marc Bergevin, a day after Bergevin said he was not considering trading the young D-man. Both sides have met face-to-face in Toronto and exchanged formal offers.

The 23-year-old restricted free agent has been without a contract since the end of th 2011-12 season.

Meanwhile, the Habs GM made a minor deal with the Florida Panthers, acquiring defenceman Jason DeSantis in exchange for fellow defenceman Brendon Nash. The club also signed forward Riley Armstrong and defenceman Mark Isherwood to tryouts.

BRIEFLY

The Vancouver Canucks signed defenceman Jim Vandermeer on Monday. Vandermeer had one goal and three assists in 25 games between Edmonton and San Jose in 2011-12 ... The Nashville Predators have recalled defenceman Victor Bartley from Milwaukee of the AHL. Bartley, 24, has six goals and 13 assists in 37 games for Milwaukee this season.


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