Islanders sign Zidlicky


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.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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