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By Christian Arnold (@CA_NYHockey)
In wee hours of the morning the New York Islanders announced that they had signed defenseman Radek Martinek to a year deal.
The now 36-year-old defenseman spent last season with the Columbus Blue Jackets, but only played in seven games due to injury. Prior to that he had spent his entire NHL career with the Isles. Martinek can be an asset at the blue line, but he has been hampered by injuries over the course of his career.
Martinek is a depth signing for a team that lacks it on the defensive end. Especially with the situation with Lubomir Visnovsky, who still is a question mark if he’ll report to Islanders training camp.
The Visnovsky situation took another strange turn on Saturday.
Newsday’s Arthur Staple reported that the team had booked him a flight, presumable to New York, yesterday. But Visnovsky never got on.
It’s unclear where things will go from here. Staple believes this will now be a matte...