• Isles' Martinek Struggling To See Ice

    News: Radek Martinek has appeared in just three games for the Islanders since being activated from injured reserve Jan. 16.
    Analysis: He's managed to finish with a plus-5 rating over those three contests, but the returns of Travis Hamonic and Lubomir Visnovsky from IR eventually pushed him to the press box. Radek Martinek isn't expected to fall into regular ice time anytime soon.
  • Islanders Activate Martinek

    News: Radek Martinek (back) was activated from injured reserve Thursday.
    Analysis: After missing just over a month with the back injury, Radek Martinek will return to the lineup on the third pairing, replacing Matt Carkner. Martinek had three assists in 10 games prior to suffering his injury.
  • Islanders Place Martinek On Injured Reserve

    News: The Islanders placed Radek Martinek on injured reserve Thursday with a back injury, Newday's Arthur Staple reports.
    Analysis: The nature of Radek Martinek's injury is unclear, but it will keep him sidelined for at least a week. Brian Strait was activated from injured reserve to replace Martinek on the Islanders' roster.
  • Isles' Martinek Tallies Two Assists Friday

    News: Radek Martinek picked up a pair of assists in his season debut Friday night.
    Analysis: With 20 points in his previous 84 games played entering Friday, the two-point showing was definitely a surprise, especially considering that Radek Martinek was just added to the mix with a one-year deal earlier this week.
  • Isles' Martinek Likely To Play Friday

    News: Radek Martinek will play his first game of the season Friday versus Pittsburgh, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
    Analysis: The Islanders are beat up on the blue line with Lubomir Visnovsky and Brian Strait down with injuries. Defense and goaltending are the biggest weaknesses for the Islanders, which does not bode well for a team about to face Sidney Crosby and the Penguins.
  • Isles And Martinek Agree To One-Year Deal

    News: Radek Martinek agreed to a one-year contract with the Islanders on Wednesday.
    Analysis: The 37-year-old defenseman will return to the team that drafted him in 1999, providing the Islanders with some veteran leadership along the blue line following the injury to Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion). Radek Martinek has posted 107 points (25G, 82A) and 276 penalty minutes in 473 career games, so he's unlikely to make a huge impact, especially at his age.
  • Isles Release Martinek

    News: Radek Martinek was released by the Islanders on Monday.
    Analysis: The Islanders decided to keep a couple of prospects on their roster rather than the aging Radek Martinek.
  • Isles Bring Martinek In For Tryout

    News: Radek Martinek has been invited to Islanders camp for a tryout, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
    Analysis: This would seem to be an insurance policy against a rash of injuries to defensemen during camp. The Islanders are loaded with bottom-pair defenders on NHL deals. So much so that they probably won't keep any of their prospects even if they outperform their veteran teammates.
  • Martinek Likely To Play Thursday

    News: Radek Martinek will likely play Thursday for the Islanders, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
    Analysis: With Andrew MacDonald out for the remainder of the playoffs with a broken hand Radek Martinek will draw back into the lineup.
  • Isles' Martinek Making Season Debut Sunday

    News: Radek Martinek will make his season debut Sunday against Carolina. He will replace Joe Finley in the lineup.
    Analysis: Radek Martinek's past two years have been injury-riddled, as he missed most of the 2011-12 season with a concussion and was placed on injured reserve in early February with a strained groin and abdomen. Martinek has scored 104 points (22 goals, 82 assists) in 460 career NHL games.