The New York Islanders had a scare Saturday involving their biggest off-season acquisition.
Defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky crashed his Ferrari during a race in Slovakia, but managed to escape serious injury according to Islanders general manager Garth Snow.
"I have spoken directly with Lubomir," Snow said in a statement, "And am pleased to report that he did not suffer any serious injuries."
The 36-year-old reportedly lost control when coming around a turn at the Automotodrom Slovakia Ring motor circuit and crashed head on into the barrier, totalling the front portion of his car. He was later taken to hospital.
Visnovsky was obtained in a NHL Draft day deal with the Anaheim Ducks, but later filed a grievance with the NHL Players' Association trying to void the transaction on the grounds that his no-trade clause was still valid.
The Slovakian blue-liner will be relied on by the Islanders to provide an even bigger boost to an already strong power play which ranked eighth in the NHL last season, converting 18.5 per cent of its chances.
He had a down year last season, scoring six goals and 21 assists — 10 of those points came with the man advantage — in 68 games for the Ducks.
Visnovsky was coming off a career high of 18 goals and 68 points in 2010-11 and has also spent time during his 11-year career with the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers. In 771 career games, he's amassed 117 goals and 333 assists and is a plus-32.
The five-foot-ten, 197-pound defenceman's five-year deal, that carries an annual cap hit of $5.6 million US, runs out after next season.