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Radek Martinek drawing interest with deadline approaching

RADEK MARTINEK, Islanders Defenseman Contract: UFA this summer,

Contract: UFA this summer, $1.5 million cap hit

Martinek would be a good addition to the depth of any playoff team's defense. He doesn't add a lot of the offense, but he can play 20-plus minutes and rarely gets beat on defense. He would come at a reasonable cost. The only reason why Garth Snow wouldn't move him is because he wouldn't want to force his younger defensemen to have to play too many minutes in Martinek's absence. One report suggested Snow was looking for a second-round pick for Martinek. We'll see if anyone bites.

Credit: Jim McIsaac

 With the NHL's trade deadline looming, veteran defenseman Radek Martinek has drawn "lots of interest" from both Eastern and Western conference teams, I'm told.

Save for the lower-body injury that has kept him out of the last three games, the 34-year-old Czech blueliner makes for an ideal rental.

He's a steady, underrated shutdown defenseman accompanied by a modest price tag--he's on the last year of his current contract,  making $1.5 million.

The knock on the mild-mannered Martinek has always been his susceptibility to injury and that has not changed this season. In addition to his current injury--suffered in a collision into the boards in a game against the Panthers Monday--he also missed 11 games with a wrist injury earlier this season.

Considering the going rate for a rental last year was a 2nd rounder, one would have to assume that Martinek would fetch considerably less because of his current injury.

Martinek, the longest tenured Islander on the team, has two goals and eight assists in 49 games this season. He has 20 goals and 77 assists in 438 games for the Islanders, dating back to 2001-02.

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