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Columbus Signs Radek Marinek, 1 Year

From Aaron Portzline via Twitter:

Dispatch: #CBJ sign veteran D Radek Martinek to a one-year $2.2 million contract.

Update 2:56pm ET:  Thoughts from Spector’s Hockey

The Jackets were reportedly in the market for another veteran blueliner. Martinek, despite his injury history, is a steady, defensive-minded blueliner. Not a bad addition for the Jackets.

Update 3:35pm ET: From Aaron Portzline at Puck-Rakers Blog

“For our purposes, it was the concussion (we looked at closely),” Howson said. “He played since the knee injury and with no problems, but the concussion was a concern. We wanted to make sure he was fully recovered from the concussion and our doctors took a close look at him over two days. They were convinced that he’s recovered.

“We know what his history is. It’s because of the way he plays. He plays hard; he’s competitive. His injury history would indicate he’s a 60- to 70-game player, and we’re OK with that.”

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Evilpens's avatar

That is a nice signing

Posted by Evilpens on 07/06/11 at 05:03 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

I agree. Not bad for Columbus.

They’re going to challenge Nashville for third place in the Central this year.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 07/06/11 at 05:13 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

I’ve always rooted for C-bus like a little brother.. I think now after this off-season I’ll be able to legitimately hate them

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/06/11 at 05:43 PM ET

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If healthy the Blue Jackets will get FAR more value out of Martinek than the Wiz. A vastly underrated defender due to his injury history and the market he played in. He matches up very well defensively in a shut down role because of his stick and mobility and moves the puck very well even though it doesn’t show in his offensive numbers.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 07/06/11 at 05:55 PM ET

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