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Report: Islanders give Martinek a professional tryout

Sep 10, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

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The New York Islanders have invited defenseman Radek Martinek to training camp via a professional tryout, New York Newsday’s Arthur Staple reports.

Martinek, 37, is the only veteran NHL player who will fight for a spot with the team. Staple points out that Miroslav Satan was involved in informal workouts with Islanders players while Brad Boyes chose a PTO with the Florida Panthers instead of the Isles.

This might be an audition of sorts for the Czech-born blueliner, but the Islanders should be more than familiar with his work.

The team drafted him in the eighth round (228th overall) in 1999 and he’s played 466 of his 473 career regular season NHL games with the Islanders. This includes a 13-game stint with the team in 2013, as he scored three goals in 13 games and also appeared in two postseason contests.

  1. withseidelinn - Sep 10, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Gotta give it to the guy for playing almost 500 games in the NHL after being drafted in the 8th round.

  2. tjvalley - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    And being injured most of the time. Could of been a very good career. The talent was there. The ability to stay healthy wasn’t.

  3. islesfan1973 - Sep 11, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    when he’s “on”, he’s good–but I’ve seen him play his fair share of “off” games, and he’s so injury prone, its hard to decide if he would be a good fit for this team. they do need one more solid blue-line guy; that would make their D an amazing lineup!

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