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COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced tonight that defenseman Radek Martinek will miss the remainder of the season due to post-concussion symptoms and that the club has signed defenseman Brett Lebda to a one-year contract. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Martinek, 35, scored one goal in seven games with Columbus this season before suffering a concussion in a game at Detroit on October 21 that has sidelined him for the past 39 games. Signed by the club as a free agent last July, he has registered 22-82-104 and 272 penalty minutes in 460 games with the Blue Jackets and New York Islanders.
“After consulting with our medical team it was determined that it would be in Radek’s best interest not to play again this season,” said Howson. “Radek is very disappointed, as are we, that he will not return to the ice this year but his health moving forward is the most important factor in this decision.”
Lebda, 30, has registered 19 goals and 53 assists for 72 points with 215 penalty minutes and a +17 plus/minus rating in 367 career NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. This season, he appeared in 26 games with the Springfield Falcons, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, and collected 1-9-10 and 18 penalty minutes with an even plus/minus rating.
With the last two games combined Columbus already bested their record from 2010. Last year they tallied 4 losses with 8 goals for and 23 goals against. After the last two days they currently stand at 10 goals for and 9 goals against. On Saturday they bested the Detroit with a 7-3 win but fell yesterday to Buffalo with a score of 6-3.
As of now 20 year old defenseman David Savard is leading the Jacket’s prospects with 5 points (1G, 4A).
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NHL.com’s 30 in 30 takes a look at the New York Islanders today. The introduction to Brian Compton’s piece:
“The time is now for the New York Islanders. For a franchise that still doesn’t have a deal in place for a new building, it is imperative that the Islanders accelerate what has been a slow and steady rebuilding process and qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007. GM Garth Snow believed he had assembled a playoff team last summer, then watched his top defenseman Mark Streit and power forward Kyle Okposo suffer serious shoulder injuries before the puck even dropped on the 2010-11 season.”
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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.”
On Saturday, in the Czech Republic-Latvia game, Latvian defenceman Arturs Kulda delivered a tough check on Czech defenceman Radek Martinek in the first period. Martinek fell to the ice and stayed there motionless until the medical staff carried him off on a stretcher.
The IIHF Disciplinary Panel reviewed the situation and decided to hand Kulda a three-game suspension on Sunday.
Islanders lose Radek Martinek for 4-6 weeks with upper-body injury.
from the AP via CBS Sportsline,
As players from both teams entered the fray, Martinek said Hollweg threatened him and then reached for his face.
“He said he is going to take my stitches out. I think that was stupid,” said Martinek, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound defenseman.
Martinek added that no damage was done, but said he had never seen a player act in such a way.
“No, no. Never, never,” he said. “I think he could show a little bit of respect, but he didn’t. I cannot respect him.”
Hollweg contended that he was merely defending Orr, a 6-3, 222-pound forward, who has five career points and 239 penalty minutes in 114 NHL games. Simon and Witt had already double-teamed Orr before Martinek got near.