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Isles sign Martinek to one-year deal

Oct 23, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

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In need of a veteran presence on defense, the New York Islanders signed defenseman Radek Martinek to a one-year deal on Wednesday.

Martinek, 37, has been skating with the Isles throughout the month of October after attending training camp on a professional try out.

The Czech rearguard spent the 2013 campaign with the Islanders, scoring three goals in 13 regular-season contests before appearing in two postseason games.

New York actually drafted Martinek in the eighth round (228th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, and he’s played 466 of his 473 career regular season NHL games with the Islanders.

Bringing Martinek aboard will possibly offset the loss of another veteran defenseman, Lubomir Visnovsky, who is currently on IR with a concussion.


  1. jpelle82 - Oct 23, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    so who is filling that key pp role now with streit gone and visnovsky on the shelf? honest question, i didnt watch that game last night…are they running 5 forwards on the pp? i know they were a top 5 unit going into the game

    • jl9830 - Oct 23, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      After the last game, the Islanders PP ranks 3rd in the NHL. MacDonald took Visnovsky’s place on PP1.

  2. wmsshapiro - Oct 23, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    This could only help the team. He’s a veteran and has a good shot Plus he knows the team. He also help the youngsters to build up their confidence. So block that puck defense and help the team and take a shot it might even go in. Good Luck Radek.

  3. multiplemiggs - Oct 23, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    the Dynasty is back

  4. bcisleman - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Radek is more for depth than anything else.

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