In a move to aid their power play, the Islanders signed veteran defenseman Marek Zidlicky to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million. The 38-year old Czech totaled 34 points with the Devils and Red Wings last season. After tallying 23 with the Devils, he went 3-8-11 in Detroit. In six postseason contests, he went without a point and remained unsigned.
By adding Zidlicky to a strong blueline featuring Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic, Nick Leddy and Calvin de Haan, Islanders GM Garth Snow has put together a roster that should compete in its first year in Brooklyn. With the defense also including Thomas Hickey and Brian Strait, Zidlicky won’t have to play every night. He can be used as a power play specialist. The right-handed defenseman possesses a strong accurate shot. For his career, he’s scored 85 goals with 316 assists for 401 points in 783 games.
Originally a Rangers sixth round pick in ’01, Zidlicky has played for the Predators, Wild, Devils and Red Wings. He’ll join his fifth team in what could be his final year.