Paul Martin D PIT 9 Days
Penguins defenseman Paul Martin, who broke his right hand while playing for Team USA at the Olympics, had surgery Thursday.
Coach Dan Bylsma said doctors felt that surgery "would be a better avenue for recovery, a quicker recovery." Martin is a top-notch, stay-at-home blueliner. His offensive numbers this season: two goals, 10 assists, in 33 games.
Paul Martin D PIT 17 Days
Paul Martin's hand injury isn't expected to sidelined him for the remainder of the season, but that is subject to change.
Pittsburgh still needs to evaluate him, so this timetable might prove to be inaccurate. Still, the most important thing to the Penguins at this point is that Martin is available for the playoffs. They already have a firm lead on the Metropolitan Division title and this injury does nothing to put that in jeopardy. It looks like the impact to fantasy teams might prove to be greater than that to the Penguins.
Paul Martin D PIT 17 Days
Paul Martin reportedly has a hand injury, not an illness.
Either way Martin will not play against Canada in the Olympic semifinals, but this might be a much more significant problem than it originally looked like. There's no word yet on the severity of Martin's hand injury, but it would be a big setback for the Penguins if he's not available by the start of the playoffs.
Paul Martin D PIT 24 Days
Paul Martin is thrilled to finally be playing for Team USA.
Martin didn't have the opportunity to represent his country in 2010 because of an injury, but the 32-year-old defenseman made his Olympic debut on Thursday. "You know, I grew up playing for my country, always wanting to play for my country," Martin said. "When you miss a couple Olympics and you're older, you appreciate it that much more. In that moment, it was emotional, definitely. I was out there on the ice skating around, just thinking, 'I'm on the ice for my first Olympic game. It's happening.'"
Paul Martin D PIT 25 Days
Defenseman Paul Martin stands to receive a lot of ice time for Team USA during the Olympics.
Martin is tentatively scheduled to be teamed with Minnesota's Ryan Suter on the top pairing for the Americans meaning he's likely to be fairly busy. Though coach Dan Bylsma could very well juggle his pairings throughout the tournament, the fact Martin is one of the few veterans on the US blue line means he's likely to be relied upon heavily.
Paul Martin D PIT 2 Months
Paul Martin (fractured tibia) might be back in Pittsburgh's lineup Monday night.
Coach Dan Bylsma hinted that Martin is available to return when he said the Penguins now have eight healthy defensemen after Monday's morning skate. Martin was paired with Brooks Orpik during the session, but he's expected to be eased into the fold when he plays.