Visnovsky adjusting well

DEREK VAN DIEST, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:33 AM ET

Who says you cant go home again?

Having spent the first seven seasons of his NHL career in Los Angeles, Lubomir Visnovsky was shipped back to Southern California after what turned out to be a brief stint with the Edmonton Oilers.

On Friday, he was back in town for the first time since being dealt to the Anaheim Ducks just prior to the NHL trade deadline.

Its been good, Visnovsky said. Its good to be back in California, the hockey is different, the weather is different, the life is different. Things have been going well for me, although I have had some bad games, too.

Im playing a little bit more there. I feel good. The first couple of games were tough, its a different system and I didnt know what I was doing. But I think now Im on the same page as the rest of the team and things are going really well and I feel more confident.

Visnovsky, 33, went into Fridays game having scored five goals in his first nine games with the Ducks. The native of Topolcany, Slovakia, had 10 in 58 games with the Oilers. Hes second in league scoring to Mike Green of the Washington Capitals among defencemen, with 15 goals on the year.

Last night the Oilers were able to keep him off the scoreboard.

Its a special night for me to be back in Edmonton, playing against my former teammates, Visnovsky said.

I have lots of friends here and its very exciting for me. I loved playing in Edmonton, I loved the team and I love the fans and Im very happy I was able to play here.

Traded for Ryan Whitney and a sixth-round pick, Visnovsky has fit in well with the Ducks. Hes playing more minutes than he did with the Oilers and is enjoying success quarterbacking the power play.

The trade has worked out well for both teams as Whitney has excelled early on with the Oilers.

The first thing with Lubo, is that hes a dynamic guy from the back end as far as running the power play from the top, said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle.

The difference between that and what wed seen from Whitney is that Whitney liked to attack the net from the side and was more of a give-and-go type of player.

And we have that in Scott Niedermayer.

Whitney also possesses a big shot, but we found, in our experience, that he was the type of player that didnt want to shoot the puck, where Lubo likes to pound it.

He gets the puck on the net and has scored some big goals for our hockey club.

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


Videos

Photos