Throughout the tired yet somehow entertaining Lubomir Visnovsky saga -- at least the chapter that began after the NHL lockout -- Visnovsky's interviews about personal and family and home reasons have also been tempered with a realization that he doesn't have much of an option. A realization that if the Islanders didn't just bow to his wishes and let him continue playing for the only Slovakian entry in the KHL, he'd have to hop back over the Atlantic.

(Reason: Assuming the KHL does not want to die on the hill known as Lubo, they'd not let him continue playing if he refused to honor his NHL contract.)

Monday saw more from both sides of the Atlantic, even as Visnovsky rode the bus to help Slovan Bratislava in its match with Lev Prague. From the New York Times: