Blue Jackets sign defenseman Martinek to one-year deal | The Columbus Dispatch

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The Blue Jackets have signed injury-prone defenseman Radek Martinek to a one-year, $2.2 million contract today, The Dispatch has learned.
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Chillicothe, OH

#1 Jul 6, 2011
Ummm... Excuse me?
IJustThrewUpInMy Mouth

Columbus, OH

#2 Jul 6, 2011
There's the Howson we all know. For a second there I thought we might have turned a corner. Back to reality...our GM sucks.

Columbus, OH

#3 Jul 6, 2011
Now the "real" scott howson is back. I want the "fake" scott howson who made great deals (not at goalie..but that's another matter).Please bring back the "fake" scott howson
I heart cowbus

Maineville, OH

#4 Jul 6, 2011
omg wrote:
Now the "real" scott howson is back. I want the "fake" scott howson who made great deals (not at goalie..but that's another matter).Please bring back the "fake" scott howson
You mean the Scott Howson that said "Columbus is NOT a hockey town"? Hilarious......

Mansfield, OH

#5 Jul 6, 2011
what the hell is scott howson thinking???? someone please tell me??? he has only played 70 games once in 9 years???? i though we where trying to get younger and better... i think this is a set back.... and 2.2 million??? i guess scott is trying to get to the salay cap floor???? good thing this is only a one year deal.... I loved all the other moves, but this one blows my mind!!
Patrick Grove City

Columbus, OH

#6 Jul 6, 2011
Give us Fans a Break. Howson has got to go. What a contract for 2.2 million? Please...... Yet you dont want to resign Scottie Upshall? This team will be in the basement again. TSN was right Columbus will again be at the bottom of the NHL.
Reality Check

Columbus, OH

#7 Jul 6, 2011
Howson was looking for a right handed defenseman for a 1 year contract in order to keep the young defensemen in Springfield in order for them to develop more. CBJ has a history of bringing players up too early. I assume Martinek passed his physical, averaged 21 minutes per game over 64 games, and was only a -5 on a bad Islanders team. He is worth the risk. Remember Klesla, he was only healthy for 34, 26 & 61 (CBJ & PHX) games from 2008-2011.$2.2 mil is acceptable for 1 yr; no long term commitment.
No crystal ball

Columbus, OH

#8 Jul 6, 2011
Now that the "real" hockey experts have weighed in, maybe they should check to see what others around the league think of this signing...especially considering the team's goal of bringing up their D prospects soon. It's entirely possible this move is a bust, but no one really knows for sure, do they?
NE side Mike

Pickerington, OH

#9 Jul 6, 2011
Isn't this guy just Mike Commodore without red hair? I thought Howson had gotten past hiring the pre-beer league geezers?

Marion, OH

#10 Jul 6, 2011
OMG! I'M so excited! NOT!

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