33-Year-Old Defenseman – Pittsburgh Penguins
Paul Martin Contract Information:
Martin signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Penguins in July of 2010.
Martin (hand) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.
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Paul Martin: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
No Penguins player was booed more vociferously than Martin last year. His lack of physical play and $5 million annual salary makes him a natural scapegoat. Despite missing nine games, Martin led the team in total time on ice. He managed only four power-play points (all assists) with a shot that probably doesn't scare too many shot blockers. The Minnesota native totaled two goals and 25 assists and again failed to live up to offensive expectations. The Penguins would like to move his salary but will likely deploy him as a top-four defender, at least until some of the organization's defensive prospects gain more experience. Martin's strength -- puck movement and eating minutes -- transfers poorly to fantasy hockey.
Martin's finest skill -- the one that helped secure him a five-year, $25 million deal with Pittsburgh -- doesn't translate well into fantasy hockey. Martin's pass-first mentality and puck moving-game gives the Pens a blueliner who helps their transition game like no other. From a fantasy perspective, the former Devils player offers modest offense. He is fresh off a season in which he totaled just three goals and 21 helpers in 77 games. Those numbers will likely see a bump up with Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby back, but his career-best point total of 37 suggests he'll never become a big offensive weapon.
The Penguins are going to give Martin every chance to fulfill his promise as a potential star two-way defenseman after giving him a five-year, $25 million free agent contract. The departure of Sergei Gonchar opens the door for Martin to become a power-play quarterback for a Pittsburgh team that features offensive weapons few teams can match. Martin totaled 18 points (2, 16) on the power play in his last full season and 30 special teams points seems doable with the Pens. A broken forearm limited Martin to 22 games and 11 points in 2009-10. He averaged a little over 30 points per game the previous five seasons, however, and anything less than 40 points from Martin would be considered a disappointment.
Martin has established himself as No. 1 defenseman in the NHL as he eats up tons of ice time against the opposition's scorers. Offensively, his 32 points seems a bit more in line with what he'll do than the 37 he posted in 2005-06. However, he doesn't shoot (93 shots in 73 contests) and has just 13 goals in 235 games the past three seasons, so it's hard to expect anything more on the score sheet.
Martin has established himself as No. 1 defenseman in the NHL as he eats up tons of ice time against the opposition's scorers. Offensively, his 32 points seems a bit more in line with what he'll do than the 37 he posted in 2005-06. Martin will be on the ice plenty and should again approach the 32 point mark. However, he doesn't shoot (93 shots in 73) and has just 13 goals in 235 games the past three seasons.
Soon to be entering his second NHL season, Martin could be a breakout candidate this winter. Described as a defender in the Scott Niedermayer mold, Martin should see increased power play time and more ice time with the top scoring lines. He’ll likely skate close to 20-25 minutes per game. He is certainly a name to remember if you are in a keeper league.