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Columbus signs former Islander Radek Martinek

According to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet, Martinek got $2.2 million for one year.

Martinek made $1.9 million last season, the final year of a three-year deal. All told, he spent a decade with the Isles and was their longest-tenured skater, not counting G Rick DiPietro.

When healthy, he was an asset, eating up minutes with a steady presence. Except he wasn't really healthy since 2006, playing more than 64 games only twice.

It's a smart signing for the Jackets, who lost similarly steady D Jan Hejda to the Avalanche in free agency. It's certainly a smarter signing than another former Isle, James Wisniewski, whose six-year, $33-million deal -- with $19 million over the first two years -- seems a bit out of whack, given his bouncing from team to team the last couple seasons.

The Islanders still have a need for a veteran defenseman, and it seems the post-arbitration trade route, which is how they got Wisniewski last summer, will be their best option.

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