Islanders Acquire Steve Martins from TB
Uniondale, NY (January 4) The Islanders continued their attempts to
kick-start the lineup today, acquiring 28-year-old center Steve
Martins from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a conditional draft pick.
This is Mike MilburyÂ's second acquisition in as many days with an
emphasis on adding speed and hustle. On Wednesday, the Islanders
obtained center/left wing Jason Blake from Los Angeles.
Â"We went out and got a couple of energy guys and weÂ're not done yet,Â"
said Milbury. Â"IÂ'm not expecting to make a trade that impacts core
players, but I do think it behooves us to rattle the cage a little
bit and inject some juice into the team.Â"
Milbury said additional moves could be made over the next 48 hours,
but added they would likely be more minor moves for forwards. Â"IÂ'm
looking for more of what Blake and Martins are going to give us.
Â"We have to find the attitude that says you have to come through us
to get the two points,Â" he added. Â"We lost it, somewhere between
April and today, and we have to find it. Even though we added some
skill, we lost that. ItÂ's important that we show the team that weÂ're
going to try and advance the cause.Â"
Martins appeared in 20 games for Tampa Bay this season and had one
goal and one assist with 13 penalty minutes. He also played eight
games with the Detroit Vipers of the IHL and registered five goals
and four assists with a +7. He was the IHL Player of the Week for the
period of Dec. 18-24 with five goals, seven points and a +4 in three
The 5-9, 190-pound Martins has played 143 career NHL games for
Hartford, Carolina, Ottawa and Tampa Bay. He has 12 goals, 15 assists
and 68 penalty minutes and is known for his pesky style.
Martins, who was recalled by Tampa Bay from Detroit (IHL) on
Wednesday, is expected to be in the lineup for the Islanders tonight
as they take on the New Jersey Devils at Continental Airlines Arena.