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Sharks Looking to Trade Veteran D Paul Martin


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The 2017-18 campaign has been a tumultuous one for San Jose Sharks defender Paul Martin, as an ankle injury has limited the veteran rearguard to just three games this season. Now nearing a return, it seems Martin could be wearing a different jersey when he takes the ice next.


?Paul Martin has been hurt a lot of this year ? he?s back, he?s healthy,? Sportsnet?s Elliotte Friedman said during Hockey Night in Canada?s Headlines segment on Saturday. ?They?ve got eight defencemen. He?s got one more year at $4.85 (million) against the cap.


?I do think San Jose is trying to find him another spot in the NHL, and there are people who believe he can still help someone.?


A veteran of 13 seasons in the big leagues, Martin has made his name as a steady presence on the back end, first for the New Jersey Devils and then during a five-year stint for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 36-year-old joined the Sharks as a free agent prior to the 2015-16 campaign, signing a four-year, $19-million deal.


Martin?s contract carries a modified no-trade clause, according to CapFriendly, allowing the American blue-liner to submit a six-team list of clubs to which he will not be traded.


Though he?s been on the shelf since Dec. 7, the veteran?s track record should be enough to garner interest from defence-starved teams around the league.



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WTH does Elliotte Friedman, or any other commentator for that matter, actually know about what goes on behind the scenes. Pure speculation, imho, and fans jump all over it like white on rice.


If you want to quesiton his credentials, by all means. Enjoy your island. The rest of the hockey world will continue discussing his reporting along with "any other commentator" – especially the ones who've proven to be reliable insider sources for the last twenty years.

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