|Assets:||Is very mobile and can log huge minutes, if necessary. Has good size can do a little bit of everything reasonably well. Is at his best within the confines of a strong defensive system, when he doesn't try to do too much.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't play a physical game nearly enough and can also struggle against aggressive opponents. Is also not a natural power-play quarterback. Can wander a bit too much and get caught up ice. His game is in decline, overall.|
|Career Potential:||Mobile veteran defenseman.|
|NHL||Played in the NHL YoungStars Game||2003-04|
|NCAA||Frozen Four All-Tournament Team||2002-03|
|NCAA||West Second All-American Team||2002-03|
|WCHA||Second All-Star Team||2001-02|
|HS - Minnesota||Player of the Year||1998-99|
|11/27/2013||Fractured tibia, injured reserve.|
|11/15/2013||Missed 2 games (lower body injury).|
|11/09/2013||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|4/27/2013||Missed 12 games (wrist injury).|
|3/30/2013||Wrist injury, injured reserve.|
|3/07/2013||Missed 2 games (lower body injury).|
|3/02/2013||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|4/22/2012||Missed the last 3 playoff games (undisclosed).|
|3/15/2012||Missed 2 games (illness).|
|1/11/2012||Missed 1 game (illness).|
|1/06/2012||Missed 6 games (leg injury).|
|12/23/2011||Leg injury, injured reserve.|
|12/17/2011||Leg injury, day-to-day.|
|3/02/2011||Missed 4 games (undisclosed).|
|7/01/2010||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a five-year contract.|
|3/17/2010||Missed 59 games (broken left arm).|
|10/27/2009||Broken left arm, mid-December.|
|2/26/2009||Missed 4 games (upper body injury).|
|2/17/2009||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|11/14/2008||Missed 5 games (upper body injury).|
|11/03/2008||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|3/13/2008||Missed 6 games (lower body injury).|
|3/04/2008||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|12/16/2007||Missed 1 game (lower body injury).|
|12/15/2007||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|11/23/2007||Missed 3 games (lower body injury).|
|11/16/2007||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|8/16/2007||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the New Jersey Devils to a multi-year contract.|
|10/03/2006||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the New Jersey Devils to a one-year contract.|
|10/18/2005||Missed 2 games (bruised back).|
|10/13/2005||Bruised back, day-to-day.|
|9/21/2005||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the New Jersey Devils.|
|7/31/2005||New Jersey Devils tendered a qualifying offer.|
|11/04/2004||NHL lockout: Signed with the HC Fribourg-Gotteron of the Swiss National League.|
|1/31/2004||Missed 2 games (flu).|
|8/08/2003||Signed by the New Jersey Devils.|
|7/01/2010||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins.|
|6/24/2000||Drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 2nd round (62nd overall) in 2000.|
Martin (fractured tibia) out up to six weeks | 11/27/2013 12:31 PM
NewsPaul Martin's injury has been revealed to be a fractured tibia.
Chris Johnston on Twitter
ImpactThat means Martin will be sidelined for the next four-to-six weeks. This is a serious blow to a team that's already missing Robert Scuderi (ankle). Martin has two goals and 11 points in 23 games this season.
Paul Martin on IR, out at least three games | 11/27/2013 9:47 AM
NewsPaul Martin (lower body) has been put on the injured reserve list.
ImpactThe move is presumably retroactive Nov. 25. Martin will miss at least three games.
Penguins won't have Paul Martin on Wednesday | 11/26/2013 2:47 PM
NewsPaul Martin has sustained an undisclosed injury.
ImpactMartin will miss Wednesday's game, but beyond that there's no timetable for his return as he still needs to be evaluated. He has two goals and 11 points in 23 games this season.
Paul Martin gets two points Wednesday | 11/21/2013 10:47 AM
NewsPaul Martin had a goal and an assist on Wednesday.
ImpactMartin now has two goals and nine points in 20 games. After his 23-point performance in the shortened campaign, it wouldn't be surprising to see him reach the 30-point mark for the first time since 2008-09.
| 11/16/2013 1:56 AM
NewsPaul Martin returned to action on Friday November 15.
Paul Martin remains day-to-day | 11/14/2013 11:02 AM
NewsPaul Martin missed Wednesday's game due to a lower body injury.
ImpactIt was the Penguins' second straight game without Martin. He was on the ice prior to Pittsburgh's practice on Wednesday.
Paul Martin takes part in Tuesday's skate | 11/12/2013 6:15 PM
NewsPaul Martin (lower body) wasn't able to take part in Tuesday's practice.
ImpactMartin missed Saturday's contest and isn't likely to return on Wednesday. He has a goal and six points in 16 games this season.
Paul Martin (undisclosed) might be out Weds. | 11/11/2013 1:32 PM
NewsPaul Martin (undisclosed) may not be available for Wednesday's tilt with Philadelphia.
Dave Molinari on Twitter
ImpactCoach Dan Bylsma added that Martin is considered as day-to-day. He didn't suit up on Saturday night against the St. Louis Blues. Martin has six points and 37 blocks in 16 matches this campaign.
Paul Martin won't play Saturday night | 11/09/2013 4:55 PM
NewsPaul Martin (undisclosed) won't play Saturday at St. Louis.
Pittsburgh Penguins on Twitter
ImpactThe Penguins played seven defensemen on Wednesday night and they have six healthy blueliners on the roster.
Paul Martin misses two consecutive practices | 11/08/2013 4:22 PM
NewsPaul Martin has skipped two straight practices due to an undisclosed injury.
ImpactPenguins coach Dan Bylsma remains optimistic about Martin's chances of playing on Saturday. Martin has a goal and six points in 16 games this season.
| 10/04/2013 1:34 AM
NewsPaul Martin returned to action on Thursday October 3.
P. Martin (personal) doesn't practice Tuesday | 09/25/2013 10:10 AM
NewsPaul Martin missed Tuesday's practice due to a family matter.
ImpactIt's not clear when Martin will return, but the Penguins still have another week before their regular season opener anyways. He had six goals and 23 points in 34 games last season.
Paul Martin hopes to finally play in Olympics | 08/31/2013 10:23 AM
NewsPenguins defenseman Paul Martin feels the coming Olympics in Sochi will provide him a good opportunity to finally suit up for Team USA.
ImpactMartin was an alternate for the 2006 team as a young player and was considered a shoo-in for the 2010 team before an injury kept him from participating in the international tournament. "As far as disappointment and frustration as an athlete goes," Martin said, "that I think has been my toughest thing to get over in my career." After returning to form with 23 points in 34 games last season he stands a very good chance of making the team this year, provided he can remain healthy and effective through the first few months of the year.
Paul Martin looking forward to Sochi Olympics | 07/25/2013 11:50 AM
NewsPaul Martin said he's looking forward to the 2014 Olympics after missing the Vancouver Games due to a broken arm.
ImpactMartin was considered a lock to make the 2010 U.S. squad and is expected to be chosen to the 2014 team after being named to the development camp roster earlier this week. Martin had a strong rebound season in 2013 after a pair of disappointing campaigns with the Penguins and his strong skating should be a big boost for Team USA on the larger international ice surface.
Paul Martin played with bad ankle injury | 07/06/2013 11:28 AM
NewsPaul Martin played the majority of the East final "with an ankle injury that required pain-killing injections" to allow him to play, according to Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
ImpactThe Penguins announced after the season that he had played against the Bruins with a "significant injury" but didn't release further details. Martin is still wearing a walking boot but is expected to be ready for September training camp.
Paul Martin probably won't need surgery | 06/11/2013 8:51 AM
NewsIt doesn't appear as though Paul Martin will require surgery for his "significant injury," which he played with for the last few games of the Penguins' playoff run.
Impact"Just met with the doctors [and] still have some other stuff to do," said Martin. "As of right now, I'm good." Coach Dan Bylsma and Martin would not divulge the nature of the ailment.
Paul Martin dealt with 'significant' injury | 06/09/2013 2:41 PM
NewsPittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma said that Paul Martin was playing through a "significant injury" late in the playoffs.
Pittsburgh Penguins on Twitter
ImpactThe odd thing is that Martin made the big play that set up the last goal the Penguins scored in the postseason. Bylsma didn't elaborate on what, exactly, Martin's injury was; it's unclear if it had anything to do with his late-season surgery.
Paul Martin misses morning skate | 06/07/2013 1:00 PM
NewsPaul Martin didn't participate in Friday's morning skate.
ImpactMartin has skipped a number of practices recently, but hasn't missed a game yet. This might be a sign that he's playing through an injury.
Paul Martin absent again from practice Weds. | 06/05/2013 12:23 PM
NewsPaul Martin didn't participate in Wednesday's game-day skate.
Dave Molinari on Twitter
ImpactHe didn't practice on Tuesday either. Evgeni Malkin and Jarome Iginla also missed Wednesday's session, but we expect them to play in Game 3. Martin may be banged up but it wouldn't be a shock if he suited up Wednesday night as well. We will let you know if we hear otherwise.
Martin doesn't see repeat of Flyers series | 06/03/2013 10:40 AM
NewsAfter dropping Game 1, Paul Martin doesn't see any similarities between their current series against Boston and their round one exit to the Philadelphia Flyers last year.
ImpactPittsburgh broke down defensively against Philadelphia in that series and consequently ended up losing in six games. "I don't think it's close to that," Martin said. "Game 1, I think we did a lot of things well that we want to build on [tonight in Game 2]." Regardless of whether or not the series are similar, the fact remains that Monday's game is critical for Pittsburgh.
Paul Martin is playing superb hockey | 05/22/2013 12:16 PM
NewsPaul Martin posted a game-high eight blocked shots in Sunday's double overtime loss to Ottawa.
ImpactMartin broke his left hand blocking a shot in March, but that won't stop him from getting in front of chances for the opposition. "You don't think about getting hurt this time of year," Martin said. "You just play your game. You're in a zone. You know these games can come down to one little play. If you don't get a piece of the puck or you don't let [Tomas] Vokoun see it and you end up losing the game, you feel awful. You do everything you can to help the team win." Martin has been great for the Penguins this season and he's carried over that play into the playoffs, where he has nine points and a plus-8 rating in nine games. He is also currently third in the postseason with 26 blocks.
Martin on 4-game playoff points streak | 05/18/2013 1:37 PM
NewsWith an assist in Friday night's game, Paul Martin now has a four-game playoff points streak.
ImpactMartin has looked good thus far in the post-season. He is having a nice comeback campaign making him fantasy relevant again.
Paul Martin gets two assists in return | 04/28/2013 10:11 AM
NewsPaul Martin registered two assists in his return from a hand injury.
ImpactMartin logged 23:31 minutes of ice time. It looks like he'll be fine for the postseason opener, which is obviously great news for the Penguins. He had six goals and 23 points in 34 games this season.
Paul Martin will be available Saturday | 04/26/2013 1:40 PM
NewsPaul Martin (hand) will return to the Penguins' lineup on Saturday.
Penguins.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactMartin previously seemed optimistic that he would be available for the season finale, so this news doesn't come as much of a surprise. He hasn't played in roughly a month, so this will be a chance for him to shake off some of the rust before the playoffs start.
Paul Martin hopeful of returning Saturday | 04/26/2013 10:27 AM
NewsPaul Martin (hand) expects to return to the lineup Saturday.
ImpactMartin hasn't played since March 28, but he skated Thursday and seems very close to returning. "I think that's the plan," Martin said. "I was hoping for (Thursday). But now it looks like probably Saturday. No guarantee. It would depend. But I feel good enough. It would be good to get a game in (before the playoffs)."
Paul Martin gets OK to resume practices | 04/24/2013 11:47 AM
NewsPaul Martin (thumb) has been cleared to resume practices, according to coach Dan Bylsma.
ImpactHe has missed the last 11 games with a broken thumb, but is believed to be close to returning to the lineup.
Paul Martin could be back before playoffs | 04/21/2013 10:33 AM
NewsPaul Martin (broken thumb) participated in an on-ice workout Saturday.
ImpactCoach Bylsma said Martin is the closest among injured Penguins to playing before the playoffs begin. Martin hasn't played since March 28 with a broken bone in his hand which is a shame since the veteran rearguard was enjoying his best season in many.
Paul Martin skates on his own before practice | 04/19/2013 11:55 AM
NewsPaul Martin (hand) skated on his own again Thursday morning.
ImpactMartin has been skating before practice for the past week but isn't expected to return until at least the postseason. Martin hasn't played since March 28 with a broken bone in his hand.
Paul Martin (hand) skates Monday | 04/15/2013 1:25 PM
NewsPaul Martin (hand) was on the ice prior to Pittsburgh's practice on Monday.
Impact"(Martin) has had motion with what he can wear on his hand," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "It allows him to go on the ice and skate. I don't have a timeframe for when he can get back in a practice situation with the team. His skating will be at full speed as he progresses with the injury. It's just a matter of going through the time period and healing process." He's not expected to return before the end of the regular season.
Paul Martin has started skating on his own | 04/12/2013 11:19 AM
NewsPaul Martin (broken bone in hand) has started skating on his own and could meet his target return date of May 1.
ImpactDan Bylsma said Martin won't be stick-handling anytime soon but noted this is still clear progress in Martin's recovery. The Penguins are hopeful Martin will return in time for the first round of the playoffs.
Paul Martin (hand) may return for playoffs | 04/04/2013 11:41 AM
NewsPaul Martin (broken bone in hand) might be available to return for the start of the playoffs.
ImpactHe hasn't played since March 28 and his recovery time was pegged at four to six weeks. Coach Dan Bylsma didn't provide an update on the blueliner's status following Wednesday's loss to the New York Rangers.
Paul Martin out 4-6 weeks after hand surgery | 03/31/2013 3:15 PM
NewsThe Pittsburgh Penguins announced that defenseman Paul Martin underwent surgery on his hand (which is believed to specifically be a wrist issue).
ImpactThe original window of at least six weeks has been adjusted to 4-6 weeks, at least according to the team. That's good news for Pittsburgh as it could mean he'd be ready for the playoffs, but the same difference for jilted fantasy owners who thought he'd benefit from Kris Letang's health issues.
Paul Martin will miss rest of regular season | 03/30/2013 1:01 PM
NewsPaul Martin needs surgery and is expected to miss the next six weeks due to a broken bone.
Penguins.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactIn other words, Martin won't be available for the remainder of the regular season, but he will be able to rejoin the Penguins in the playoffs. He had six goals and 21 points in 33 games this season. Feel free to drop him in single-season standard leagues, but don't forget about him when it comes time to draft your new team for the 2013-14 campaign.
Paul Martin placed on IR with wrist injury | 03/30/2013 12:41 PM
NewsThe Penguins have placed Paul Martin on injured reserve due to an apparent hand/wrist injury.
Dave Molinari Twitter
ImpactHe obviously won't play Saturday and will likely be sidelined for at least a week. Reserve him ASAP and hope for the best.
P. Martin (upper body) questionable Saturday | 03/29/2013 3:08 PM
NewsPaul Martin (upper body) missed Friday's practice.
Impact"(He) has an upper-body injury that's being evaluated further," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "I don't have a lot of information for you." Consider Martin questionable for Friday's contest.
P. Martin matches personal best with 6th goal | 03/20/2013 12:05 PM
NewsPaul Martin matched a career-high with his sixth goal of the season in Tuesday's win over Washington.
ImpactHe recorded four shots and finished the match with 28:14 of ice time, as his resurgent season continues. Martin has 19 points and a plus-7 rating in 29 games.
Paul Martin rejoins Penguins' lineup | 03/08/2013 11:03 AM
NewsPaul Martin rejoined the lineup Thursday night after missing two games with an undisclosed injury.
ImpactThe rearguard played 23:54 and had a plus-two rating. In 22 games, he has 15 points -- get him back in your lineup.
Paul Martin returns from lower body injury | 03/07/2013 7:14 PM
NewsPaul Martin (lower body) has returned to the Pittsburgh Penguins' lineup.
Dan Rosen on Twitter
ImpactMartin missed two games due to the ailment. He has four goals and 15 points in 21 contests this season.
Paul Martin will probably return Thursday | 03/07/2013 12:28 PM
NewsPaul Martin (lower body) is probable Thursday.
Penguins.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactMartin hopes he'll be able to return, but nothing has been decided yet. He's been great so far this season, but has missed two straight contests due to the ailment.
Paul Martin returns to practice on Tuesday | 03/05/2013 5:17 PM
NewsPaul Martin (lower body) was back at practice Tuesday but isn't sure when he'll return to the lineup.
ImpactMartin hasn't played since suffering the injury Thursday, but he did say Tuesday that he's feeling better. The Penguins are off until Thursday, so there's still time for Martin to rest and rehab the injury. We'll update you as we know more.
Paul Martin won't play for Penguins Monday | 03/03/2013 2:42 PM
NewsThe Pittsburgh Penguins will be without defenseman Paul Martin against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.
Pittsburgh Penguins on Twitter
ImpactConsidering Pittsburgh's wild 6-5 OT win against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, the Pens could use all of the defense they can get. The 31-year-old has enjoyed a serious rejuvenation in 2013, scoring an impressive 15 points in just 21 games so far.
Paul Martin will not play Saturday v Habs | 03/02/2013 1:27 PM
NewsPaul Martin was not on the ice for the Penguins' skate Saturday morning.
Penguins Inside Scoop
ImpactHe will not play due to an undisclosed injury. It's too bad Martin is sidelined as he was having a strong comeback campaign.
Paul Martin (undisclosed) doesn't play in 3rd | 03/01/2013 12:00 PM
NewsPaul Martin didn't play in the third period Thursday due to an unspecified injury.
ImpactThe defenseman's status for Saturday's game is unknown right now. Martin has enjoyed a very nice bounce-back season with 15 points, so not having him in there is a big loss for Pittsburgh.
Paul Martin gets two points Sunday | 02/25/2013 12:16 PM
NewsPaul Martin scored a goal and registered an assist in Pittsburgh's 5-3 victory on Sunday.
ImpactMartin now has three goals and 14 points in 19 games. He usually puts up decent offensive numbers for a blueliner, but he's certainly stepped up his production this season and is showing no signs of slowing down.
Martin gets three assists in loss to Flyers | 02/20/2013 11:45 PM
NewsPaul Martin recorded three assists in Pittsburgh's 6-5 defeat versus Philadelphia.
ImpactEvgeni Malkin and James Neal each chipped in with a goal and an assist. Tyler Kennedy and Matt Niskanen each found the back of the net Wednesday. Brandon Sutter tied it up with 2:03 left in the third period, but the Flyers promptly responded to deny the Penguins at least one point.
Penguins off to best road start | 02/18/2013 11:59 AM
NewsPaul Martin's goal Sunday against the Sabres gave the Penguins their best road record through the first 10 games of the season, 8-2.
Impact"I like the way we responded," Martin said. "That was really big for us. A big win." Beyond that, Martin has looked much more comfortable this season with Pittsburgh as he has nine points in 16 games. He's fantasy relevant right now.
Paul Martin running Pens' PP without Letang | 02/09/2013 1:44 PM
NewsPaul Martin did a very nice job of running the Penguins's power play Thursday night.
ImpactHe is subbing in for the injured Kris Letang but he looks very comfortable running the first unit as evidenced by the Pens' three power play goals against the Capitals Thursday night. "Paul was really good there tonight," Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said. "He had Geno and Sid on each side of him and distributed the puck very well. It was the big difference in the game."Letang will resume quarterbacking the first unit when he returns from injury, but until then, Martin makes a solid pickup.
Paul Martin looking sharper this season | 02/02/2013 12:35 PM
NewsPaul Martin seems to be rejuvenated this season.
ImpactAfter having two disappointing seasons in Pittsburgh, Martin worked out harder in the prolonged off-season and has looked much sharper as a result. "I did a lot more this summer than I usually do," Martin said. "I made sure I did extra. I have certain expectations for myself. Last year wasn't so great. I always put pressure on myself. I wanted this year to be different." Matin seems to be playing more confidently this season and has been more of a force offensively than he was the last two years. Although Kris Letang gets the majority of the points from the Pens' backend, you might want to consider adding Martin as a depth defenseman to your fantasy team given his resurgence.
Paul Martin knows he needs to improve | 01/09/2013 10:55 PM
NewsPaul Martin knows he needs to be steadier for the Penguins this season.
ImpactMartin, who is in the third year of a five-year, $25 million deal, struggled last season. "In general, for most parts of the game, be better at both ends of the rink. Defensively, offensively - moving the puck, and in general I just need to be better," Martin said. Martin is expected to partner with Bruce Orpik to start the season, with Kris Letang and Matt Niskanen forming another pair.
Paul Martin may be paired with Orpook | 01/09/2013 2:52 PM
NewsPaul Martin may be paired with Brooks Orpik this season as he attempts to rebound from a disappointing year in 2011-12.
Impact"Depending on how our lineup shakes out in camp and going into the first game, being paired with Orpik is a possibility that we maybe haven't done in the past," coach Dan Bylsma said. "We don't have a lot of left[-handed] shots, so to put two left shots together is [potentially problematic] ... but Paul has been a player who has played 28 minutes, 27, 26 minutes. A lot of minutes in a defending situation against good players. With a physical player like Brooks, that type of pairing would be a possibility that we could see. And one we'll probably see a little bit of in camp." The Penguins were rumored to be looking to deal Martin over the summer, but they appear to be set to move forward with him in their lineup.
|Goals||1||2 times-last:at Wsh||last:Nov 20||1|
|Assists||1||9 times-last:at Mtl||last:Nov 23||3|
|Points||2||at Wsh||Nov 20||3|
|Penalty Minutes||2||4 times-last:vs. Edm||last:Oct 15||6|
|Plus/Minus||2||3 times-last:at Wsh||last:Nov 20||3|
|Power Play Goals||0||23 times-last:at Bos||last:Nov 25||1|
|Power Play Points||1||5 times-last:at Mtl||last:Nov 23||2|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||23 times-last:at Bos||last:Nov 25||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||23 times-last:at Bos||last:Nov 25||0|
|Shots||3||3 times-last:at Wsh||last:Nov 20||4|
|Goals||6||2 times-last: 2012-13 (Pit)|
|Penalty Minutes||36||2008-09 (NJ)|
|Power Play Goals||3||2005-06 (NJ)|
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