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Jackets say Martinek done for season; sign Lebda

Thursday, 01.19.2012 / 8:15 PM / News

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Jackets say Martinek done for season; sign Lebda
The Columbus Blue Jackets announced Thursday that defenseman Radek Martinek will miss the remainder of the season due to post-concussion symptoms.
The Columbus Blue Jackets announced Thursday that defenseman Radek Martinek will miss the remainder of the season due to post-concussion symptoms and that the club has signed defenseman Brett Lebda to a one-year contract.

Radek Martinek
Defense - CBJ
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 0 | PTS: 1
SOG: 10 | +/-: -3
Martinek, 35, scored one goal in seven games with Columbus this season before suffering a concussion in a game at Detroit on Oct. 21 that has sidelined him for the past 39 games. Signed by the club as a free agent last July, he has 22 goals, 104 points and 272 penalty minutes in 460 games with the Blue Jackets and New York Islanders.

"After consulting with our medical team it was determined that it would be in Radek's best interest not to play again this season," GM Scott Howson said in a statement. "Radek is very disappointed, as are we, that he will not return to the ice this year but his health moving forward is the most important factor in this decision."

Lebda, 30, has 19 goals and 53 assists with 215 penalty minutes and a plus-17 rating in 367 NHL regular-season games with the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. He has a goal and nine assists among with 18 penalty minutes in 26 games this season with the Springfield Falcons, Columbus' AHL affiliate.

Lebda spent six-plus seasons in the Red Wings organization after signing with the club as a free agent on April 3, 2004, and was a member of Detroit's 2008 Stanley Cup-winning team. He spent the 2010-11 season with Toronto, scoring a goal and adding three assists with 14 PIM in 41 games with the Maple Leafs.
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