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Islanders, Martinek Agree To 1-Year Deal

Veteran D-man Brought In To Help Team Cut Down On Porous Play In Own End
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Islanders defenseman Radek Martinek (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders defenseman Radek Martinek (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Islanders have struggled a bit defensively in the early going and an injury to Lubomir Visnovsky has not made things any easier.

They hope by adding veteran Radek Martinek they will begin to patch up some holes in their own end. The sides agreed to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

The Islanders are off to a mediocre 3-3-3 start, allowing 28 goals. They gave 15 during their recent four-game homestand in which they won once. Visnovsky suffered a concussion against Carolina on Saturday and is listed as day-to-day.

Martinek, 37, has played in 473 career NHL games, including 466 with the Islanders. The club brought him back under similar circumstances last season and he contributed three goals in 13 games. For his career he has 25 goals and 82 assists, while posting a minus-15 rating.

Selected in the eighth round of the 1999 draft, Martinek has also appeared in 11 postseason games, all with the Islanders.

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