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7 Paul Martin D
Height/Weight: 6-1/200 | Birthdate: 3/5/1981 | Birthplace: Minneapolis, MN, USA | Team: Pittsburgh Penguins | College: Minnesota | NHL Experience: 10 | Salary: $4,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 20/5 | Average Draft Position: 194.14
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12:48 AM

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Paul Martin

Pens' Martin To Sit Again Monday

News: Paul Martin (undisclosed) took part in an on-ice workout Sunday, but won't travel with the team to New Jersey for Monday's match. "There's no immediate plans for [Martin] to join the team," coach Mike Johnston said after the session.
Analysis: A day after suggesting Paul Martin was a "few steps away" from playing, Johnston seemed to backtrack a little bit in his assessment of the blueliner's health. While it doesn't sound like Martin has hit any snags in his recovery, he'll still need some more practice time in order to feel completely comfortable with his health.

12/27/2014

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Paul Martin

Pens' Martin Back Monday?

News: Paul Martin (undisclosed) is getting close to a return and is just a "few steps away," according to coach Mike Johnston.
Analysis: Paul Martin won't play Saturday despite taking part in the Pens' gameday skate, but the veteran blueliner could make his return as soon as Monday. Pittsburgh has greatly missed his elite puck-moving skills. Martin's offense is down -- he has but seven points in 31 games -- but he's averaging nearly two blocked shots per night, with 58 total on the season.

12/27/2014

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Paul Martin

Pens' Martin On Ice For Morning Skate

News: Paul Martin (undisclosed) was on the ice for Saturday's morning skate, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Paul Martin was placed on injured reserve under mysterious circumstances a week earlier, missing the team's previous three games as a result. Since the Penguins declined to provide a timetable for his return from the injury, there's no guarantee that his presence on the ice for morning skate will result in his return to the lineup Saturday versus the Capitals. Expect coach Mike Johnston to provide a clearer update on his status for the game once the team completes their morning session.

12/20/2014

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Paul Martin

Pens Place Martin On IR

News: Paul Martin (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Paul Martin's move to injured reserve will force him to miss the Penguins' next three games, with the blueliner not eligible to return until after the three-day Christmas break. The injury was reported seemingly out of nowhere following Saturday's morning skate, and it's still not known what issue Martin might be dealing with. Expect the Penguins to shine more light on his situation in the upcoming days.

12/20/2014

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Paul Martin

Pens' Martin Scratched With Likely Injury Saturday

News: Paul Martin will be scratched for Saturday's game against the Panthers, presumably due to an undisclosed injury, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: It's unclear what might be ailing Paul Martin, who played a whopping 25:58 in Thursday's shutout win over the Avalanche, more than three minutes above his average ice time for the season. He wasn't present for Saturday's morning skate and will be forced to the press box for the first time this season along with fellow top-four blueliner Christian Ehrhoff (lower body). Consider Martin day-to-day for the moment, with more word likely to come about his condition by the end of Saturday.

12/2/2014

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Paul Martin

Pens' Martin Fine For Tuesday

News: Paul Martin (face) took part in the Pens' game-day skate and appears set to skate against New Jersey on Tuesday.
Analysis: The blueliner looks like a go against the team that drafted him. Pittsburgh is down at least one defenseman (Kris Letang) with a second (Robert Bortuzzo) questionable, leading to Brian Dumoulin's recall from AHL Wilkes-Barre.

12/2/2014

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Paul Martin

Pens' Martin Questionable Tuesday

News: Paul Martin took a puck off his face during practice Monday and is questionable against New Jersey on Tuesday, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: The Penguins recalled Brian Dumoulin from AHL Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday morning, leading to speculation that Paul Martin might not be able to go against the Devils. The defenseman leads Pittsburgh with 44 blocked shots, but has just a goal and five assists in 23 games.

11/4/2014

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Paul Martin

Pens' Martin Was Gone With The Wind Tuesday

News: Paul Martin collected a power-play assist and five blocked shots Tuesday in a 4-1 win over the Wild.
Analysis: Pittsburgh reunited Paul Martin with Kris Letang on its top defensive pairing Tuesday and the move paid immediate dividends. The two blueliners each topped 27 minutes of play and helped to keep the puck out of Pittsburgh's end. Martin's helper on the man advantage was his first of the year on the power play, giving him one goal and three points in 11 contests.

10/31/2014

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Paul Martin

Martin Makes It Through Uneventful Thursday

News: Paul Martin was held pointless with a plus-1 rating in just over 17 minutes (17:17) of action Thursday against Los Angeles.
Analysis: He made it through the contest without missing a shift. The Pittsburgh defenseman, who missed Wednesday's practice due to a stiff back, saw 3:06 TOI penalty killing but just 20 seconds on the power play.

10/30/2014

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Paul Martin

Pens' Martin Expected To Play Thursday

News: Paul Martin will play Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice with a stiff back, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: The Penguins have looked to minimize Paul Martin's role, as the defender is in the final year of a five-year, $25 million contract and is expected to be traded at the deadline. However, with Olli Maatta expected to miss the month of November following thyroid surgery, Martin could move back into a more offensive role. He's averaging 59 seconds on the second-line power play, but could see more time there in November with Maatta out. Martin has two even-strength points in eight games and ranks third on the Pens with 11 blocked shots.

5/7/2014

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Paul Martin

Points No Longer Coming Easy For Pens' Martin

News: Paul Martin's pointless streak reached six games Wednesday against the Rangers.
Analysis: He led Pittsburgh with 30:05 TOI in Game 4, compiling three hits and a blocked shot. Paul Martin remains stuck on eight points, but he's playing some of his best hockey in a Penguins sweater.

4/25/2014

Paul Martin, D, PIT Pens' Martin Leads Playoff Scorers

Paul Martin

Pens' Martin Leads Playoff Scorers

News: After four games, Paul Martin leads the league in playoff scoring with eight points (all assists).
Analysis: Five of his eight assists have come courtesy of special teams, including three on the power play and two short-handed. Paul Martin, who struggled through an injury-plagued regular season, has taken advantage of Pittsburgh's decision to put him on the team's top power-play unit over Kris Letang.

4/23/2014

Paul Martin, D, PIT Pens' Martin Stays Hot

Paul Martin

Pens' Martin Stays Hot

News: Paul Martin recorded two assists in Wednesday's overtime loss to the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: Despite his team losing the game in dramatic fashion, Paul Martin had another productive game. He has posted two assists in every game so far in the first round, and currently leads the league in points and assists in the playoffs.

4/21/2014

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Paul Martin

Penguins' Martin Tallies Two Assists

News: Paul Martin played 28:34 and had two assists against the Blue Jackets in Monday's Game 3 win for Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Paul Martin, in addition to playing a ton of minutes every night, has two assists in all three games of the postseason so far.

4/9/2014

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Paul Martin

Pens' Martin Makes It Look Easy Wednesday

News: Paul Martin collected a pair of power-play assists Wednesday against the Red Wings.
Analysis: He had just one point in three games since returning from a broken hand prior to Wednesday. Paul Martin blocked three shots and registered two shots, finishing with a minus-2 rating. He saw 27:33 TOI in a game that went a shootout, nearly five minutes more than the next closest Penguins play (Brooks Orpik, 22:54 TOI). Martin's two assist-night was his first of the season (37 games).

4/9/2014

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Paul Martin

Martin Stays Put On Pens' Top PP Unit

News: Along with Matt Niskanen, Paul Martin will remain at the point on Pittsburgh's top power-play unit Wednesday, according to the Penguins' website.
Analysis: Paul Martin picked up an assist in his first game back from a broken hand Thursday, but has been shut out in the last two games. He should benefit Wednesday from the expected return of Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz to the No. 1 power-play unit.

4/3/2014

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Paul Martin

Pens' Martin Leads Victorious Return Thursday

News: Paul Martin picked up his first power-play goal of the year -- and second game-winner -- Thursday against the Jets. It was his first game back after an 18-game IR stint due to a hand injury.
Analysis: He added a season-high three hits and two blocks in his first action since early February. Paul Martin led all Pittsburgh blueliners with 23:46 TOI and played on the No. 1 power-play unit. He makes for a great waiver-wire grab if he was cut loose in your league.

4/3/2014

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Paul Martin

Pens' Martin Will Return Thursday

News: Coach Dan Blysma confirmed Paul Martin (hand) will play Thursday against the Jets.
Analysis: With his injured hand no longer presenting any obstacles in his stick handling, Paul Martin will join the Penguins' lineup for the first time since Feb. 7. Martin was averaging 24:23 of ice time for the Penguins before the injury and should be tabbed for a similarly large role immediately upon returning.

4/3/2014

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Paul Martin

Penguins' Martin Could Return Thursday

News: Paul Martin (hand) appears likely to return to the Pittsburgh lineup Thursday against the Jets, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: In addition to skating as part of a defensive pairing, Paul Martin ran the top power-play unit for the Pens, a sign that would typically indicate he's in the lineup. Martin said after practice that he's "ready to go" for Thursday, but we'll wait for his removal from injured reserve before confirming his return.

4/1/2014

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Paul Martin

Pens' Martin Close To Returning

News: Paul Martin (hand) said he hopes to return Thursday in Winnipeg, but will play "for sure" by the weekend.
Analysis: "I thought I'd be a little sore, but no issues," Paul Martin said after Tuesday's practice. "Had a bag skate earlier this morning and then now this one, so it feels pretty good." Pittsburgh's puck-moving defenseman has missed the team's last 18 games with a broken hand sustained in the Sochi Olympics. Martin has scored only two goals and 12 points in 33 games, but could be an under-the-radar fantasy pickup down the stretch.

3/31/2014

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Paul Martin

Penguins' Martin Able To Practice

News: Paul Martin (hand) returned to a full practice on Monday.
Analysis: While Paul Martin's presence at practice Monday is a positive step, coach Dan Bylsma did not provide a timetable for the blueliner's possible return to the Penguins' lineup.

3/26/2014

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Paul Martin

X-Rays Looming For Pens' Martin

News: Paul Martin (hand) will receive an X-ray Sunday to determine how well he's progressed in his recovery, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: Paul Martin didn't skate on his own Tuesday due to an illness, but the health of his hand is obviously the greater concern here. The defenseman hasn't suited up since the Olympics, and he'll need to receive clearance from doctors before being able to take part in full-contact practices.

3/17/2014

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Paul Martin

Pens' Martin Gets Some Work In At Practice

News: Paul Martin (hand) was practicing stick handling and shooting Monday, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Paul Martin required some extra padding to cover up his hand while taking part in the activities, but it's good to see him back on the ice in some capacity. He underwent surgery on the hand in late February and appears to be about two-to-four weeks away from returning from injured reserve.

3/15/2014

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Paul Martin

Pens' Martin Return Date Still Unknown

News: The Penguins still have no target date for Paul Martin (hand) returning to practice, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Analysis: The Olympic defenseman still has his right hand in a supportive device. Paul Martin has only 12 points in 33 games after picking up 23 points in 34 contests during an abbreviated 2012-13.

3/6/2014

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Paul Martin

Pens Move Martin To IR

News: Paul Martin (hand) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.
Analysis: The placement of Paul Martin and Kris Letang (illness) on IR opens up roster spots for Marcel Goc and Lee Stempniak, who were acquired before Wednesday's trade deadline. Martin is expected to be sidelined for another four or five weeks while he recovers from a broken hand.