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Isles give Zidlicky a one-year deal

Washington Capitals v Detroit Red Wings

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The New York Islanders inked offensive defenseman Marek Zidlicky to a one-year contract on Friday.

The Isles didn’t confirm this, but multiple reporters place the value of the deal at $1.5 million.

He has some added incentive to perform well, too, apparently. HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman reports that the seasoned veteran could earn bonuses:

That affordable contract leaves New York with some flexibility going forward; Hockey’s Cap pegs their space at $6.6 million after Zidlicky’s contract.

No one will confuse Zidlicky, 38, with a Norris Trophy candidate. Still, he has 783 regular season games and 44 playoff contests under his belt.

Obviously, at his age, he’s likely best off as a power-play specialist who receives protected minutes.

The Islanders serve as a nice landing spot for Zidlicky, as he can more or less transition into Lubomir Visnovsky’s vacated role.