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Radek Martinek signs one-year deal with Islanders

Jan 13, 2013, 8:35 AM EDT

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Radek Martinek is proving you can return from where you once were.

After spending an injury-riddled season last year with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Martinek has inked a one-year deal with the New York Islanders.

Martinek, a 10-year NHL veteran, spent his first nine seasons on Long Island, most of those spent dealing with nagging injuries. During the lockout, he played in the Czech Extraliga with HC Ceske Budejovice earning two assists in four games.

If nothing else, Martinek will provide the Isles with a familiar face to give them some depth. Since it doesn’t look good for Lubomir Visnovsky‘s prospects of showing up to Isles camp, they could stand to have another veteran on the team as the rest of the roster at camp is shaping up to be pretty young on the blue line.

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