Islanders Sign Martinek Following Loss to Canucks
Added by Joey Delgado on October 23, 2013.
The Islanders signed Radek Martinek to a one-year deal. (Bruce Bennett – Getty Images)
The ripple effect caused by the injury to Lubomir Vishnovski reached far and wide this week, rekindling a career opportunity for a former Islander veteran.
The Islanders announced Wednesday they had signed D Radek Martinek, 37, to a one-year deal. Rumors around press row had speculated during Tuesday night’s game that something might be in the works as Martinek had been seen at Nassau Coliseum.
Martinek, who has played 466 games with the Islanders, had tried to make the team during the preseason but was eventually cut towards the end of September. But the concussion suffered by Vishnovski – who quarterbacks the team’s power play – opened up the spot.
It’s also likely that Islander management was not impressed by the manner in which pucks breached the goal line of the Islander net during Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime loss to Vancouver. Most of the goals scored by Vancouver were caused by defensive miscues that left goaltender Evgeni Nabokov outnumbered and sometimes even alone. Even the goal that was called back in the second period involved a defensive breakdown.
Islanders coach Jack Capuano, who was trying hard to stick to the most positive parts of the Islanders’ performance, was still obviously terse in the postgame session.
“We need some guys to play better,” Capuano said. “There’s no question about that. We need some guys to engage more if they want the ice time that they want.”
Capuano also noted that the Isles’ D has not registered an even-strength goal at this point.
The Islanders head into a big matchup Friday night at rival Pittsburgh (7 pm).