Paul Martin D PIT 2 Days

Martin (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

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.

Paul Martin D PIT 2 Days

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.

It's unclear what might be ailing 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.

Paul Martin D PIT 20 Days

Martin (face) took part in the Pens' game-day skate and appears set to skate against New Jersey on Tuesday.

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.

Paul Martin D PIT 20 Days

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.

The Penguins recalled Brian Dumoulin from AHL Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday morning, leading to speculation that Martin might not be able to go against the Devils. The defenseman leads Pittsburgh 44 blocked shots and has six points (1G, 5A) in 23 games.

Paul Martin D PIT 2 Months

Martin collected a power-play assist and five blocked shots Tuesday in a 4-1 win over the Wild.

Pittsburgh reunited Martin with Kris Letang on its top defensive pairing Tuesday and the results 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.

Paul Martin D PIT 2 Months

Martin was held pointless with a plus-1 rating in just over 17 minutes (17:17) of action Thursday against Los Angeles.

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.

Paul Martin D PIT 2 Months

Martin will play Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice with a stiff back, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

The Penguins have looked to minimize 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, a number which could rise in November with Maatta out. Martin has two even-strength points in eight games and ranks third on the Pens with 11 blocked shots.

Paul Martin D PIT 6 Months

Paul Martin will likely be testing free agency next summer.

Martin is entering the final year of a contract that carries a $5 million cap hit. The Penguins think the 33-year-old wants to test the market next summer, and new general manger Jim Rutherford is keen on getting the team's best defensive prospects into the fold. Martin tallied 15 points in 39 games last season, and has been considered the team's best defenseman the past two seasons, according to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Paul Martin D PIT 8 Months

Paul Martin is sixth in the league with an average of 27:32 minutes per game.

Martin is also tied for third place among defenders with eight points in 10 postseason games. "He's huge. He's been huge all playoffs long," Kris Letang said. "He's a really calm guy on the back end. He's really poised with the puck, plays big minutes against top guys. He does everything well on the ice, so he's been a huge asset for us." He was limited to just 39 games during the regular season, but as long as he's healthy, he should continue to be one of the most important players on the Penguins' roster, which is saying a lot given the star power they have.

Paul Martin D PIT 8 Months

Paul Martin has bounced back substantially over the last two seasons.

Martin wasn't pleased with his first two campaigns with the Penguins in 2010-2011 and 2011-12, but he's managed to elevate his game with the help of assistant coach Todd Reirden. "He's just completely different than he was two years ago," Reirden said. "And it's not always what people notice. He's committed to being in the gym now. He's always had that uncanny ability to make the game look easy. With the added strength and a better conditioning level now, he wins more puck battles. He's winning 50/50 battles now, which gives him the puck more often. And he's great with the puck. I like this version of Paul much more than the one two years ago." Martin has eight assists and a plus-nine rating in nine playoff games.