Vishnevski heads to Russia
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said today that Vishevski has cleared waivers and that the 28-year-old defenseman will play in Russia in 2008-09.
"He expressed a desire to go back to Russia for personal reasons and I respect that," Lamoriello said. "We didn't want this to develop into a situation [in] September, so we placed him on waivers now and this will allow him to go play there."
Lamoriello made it clear that this is not a situation like the one involving Alexander Radulov, who signed to play in Russia even though he is still under contract with the the Nashville Predators.
Vishnevski was dead last on the Devils in plus minus despite facing weak opposition and playing in limited minutes, and routinely made my lists in 2007-08 and earlier for statistically playing some of the worst defence in the league.
Chalk up another victory for Loophole Lou, who has made quite a few errors lately in signing free agent blueliners. Karel Rachunek, Richard Matvichuk, Vladimir Malakhov and Dan McGillis come to mind.