Welcome back # 24
It is not the prodigal son coming home, but a return nevertheless.
Radek Martinek, who spent nine years in Islander blues, has returned to the Island and signed a one year contract for an undisclosed amount. The 36 year old defenseman has provided the Islanders with some sound defensive play, but unfortunately, a great deal of injuries.
The 228th pick in the 1999 NHL entry draft, Martinek has played in more than 70 games in only one of his nine years. Last season, he played only seven games for the Columbus Blue Jackets, scoring one goal, before a concussion knocked him out.
What will his role be? Obviously, they are not looking for Bobby Orr statistics from him. He will be a fill role as a 7th defenseman for the team. He can still provide a consistent game, when healthy, and can still be a mentor for the young guys from Bridgeport, who probably still know him from previous camp.
It was announced by the Islanders early this morning, that eight players were added to the training camp roster which begins TODAY. Here is the press release from the Islanders:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ISLANDERS ADD EIGHT TO TRAINING CAMP ROSTER
Six Sound Tigers and two junior players attending Training Camp
UNIONDALE, NY (January 13, 2013) – The New York Islanders announced today that a total of eight players have been recalled from their respective teams to join the Islanders Training Camp scheduled for the upcoming week. Casey Cizikas, Travis Hamonic, Jon Landry, Colin McDonald, David Ullstrom and Ty Wishart have been recalled from loan from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League. The Islanders also officially recalled two players from Canadian Junior leagues, Griffin Reinhart from the Edmonton Oil Kings (Western Hockey League) and Ryan Strome of the Niagara IceDogs (Ontario Hockey League).
All eight players will join the 18 already on the Islanders roster at training camp, which begins Sunday, Jan. 13 and extends through the Islanders season opener on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. against the New Jersey Devils at Nassau Coliseum.
The Islanders training camp roster currently consists of 26 players, which includes 15 forwards, nine defenseman and two goalies.
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