Report: Former Islanders defenseman Visnovsky opts to play in KHL
OCT 27, 12:14p ET | FOX Sports
Rotowire: Sep 28 / 3:08p ET
News: Visnovsky was released from his professional tryout contract with the Blackhawks on Monday.
Impact: Visnovsky was largely competing with the likes of Michael Rozsival for a third-pairing role with the Hawks in 2015-16. Chicago recently opted to sign Rozsival to a one-year deal, so it isn't a huge surprise that Visnovsky was unable to lock down a spot on the team's 23-man roster. The 39-year-old may draw interest from teams lacking depth at defense as a free agent, however.
Rotowire: Sep 16 / 8:33a ET
News: Visnovsky signed a professional tryout contract with the Blackhawks on Wednesday and will attend their training camp, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Impact: The 39-year-old Visnovsky has been a quality contributor to the Islanders' blue line over the past three seasons, but has been unable to stay on the ice, playing in just 112 games over the past three seasons. He's effective as a puck mover and can contribute on the power play, but his lengthy history of concussions puts a damper on his value to any team. He'll have a chance to compete for the final defenseman spot with the Blackhawks during camp.