The Islanders had already begun skating at training camp yesterday when the scoreboard clock anticlimactically hit 10 a.m. The deadline had passed and Lubomir Visnovsky was nowhere in sight.

Despite being under contract to play on Long Island, the Islanders defenseman remains in his native Slovakia and could be subject to suspension by the team after failing to report yesterday. The team was mum on any action they had taken or were planning to take.

Yet in this ever-evolving drama, it is very possible that Visnovsky shows up at some point.

"I see Lubo playing for the New York Islanders," his agent, Neil Sheehy, told The Post last night. "But the timing of that, I don't know."

It can be surmised Visnovsky is bitter toward the whole NHL system, as he signed a contract extension in 2008 with the Kings — but was traded before it went into effect and eventually was traded three times in four years. The most recent was when the Ducks dealt the 36-year-old defenseman to the Islanders on draft day in June, when he filed an official grievance in hopes of having the trade voided.

The transaction was upheld, and at the time, Visnovsky said he was looking forward to playing out the final year of his contract for the Islanders. He is owed $3 million in salary and carries a $5.6 million salary cap hit this season.

Since then, Visnovsky has cited "personal reasons" for his desire to stay in the KHL, where he plays for his hometown team, HC Slovan Bratislava. But under the terms of agreement between the NHL and the KHL, Visnovsky is prohibited from playing overseas now that the lockout is over.

"Like we've said all along, Lubo has nothing against the New York Islanders," Sheehy said. "He is just going through some personal issues that will come out at the appropriate time."