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UFA of the Day: Paul Martin


James OBrien

Check PHT every day until June 30 for a new pending unrestricted free agent of the day. Today’s UFA of the Day is …

Paul Martin

There’s always the possibility that the Pittsburgh Penguins will bring Martin back - GM Jim Rutherford insists it could happen - but the blueliner would rank among the best options on defense if he hits the market.

While he’s no better than solid offensively, the veteran is responsible in his own end and possesses the sort of puck-moving skills that seemingly become more marketable with each passing season.

That said, at 34, his best days are likely behind him.

One obvious concern is his injury issues. He managed to play 74 regular season games in 2014-15, yet he was limited to 34 in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign and 39 in 2013-14. Even if he his injury luck improves, there’s also a natural concern that he’ll lose one too many steps with age.

When you think about it, the vast majority of free agent options come with some flaws, and the bottom line is that Martin’s array of abilities should be very desirable.

If the Penguins don’t lock him down, defense-needy teams that play at a frenetic pace may make for the best match; perhaps the Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche or even the New York Islanders might be wise to give his agent a call?

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