Why the Pittsburgh Penguins Should Sign Paul Martin to a Contract Extension

November 14th, 2014 by Carol Schram Leave a reply »

With the Pittsburgh Penguins rolling comfortably through the early part of the 2014-15 season, general manager Jim Rutherford is already focused on locking up the team's key talent for future years.

On November 5, Rutherford inked starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to a four-year contract extension. Veteran defenseman Paul Martin should be the next potential free agent on his to-do list.

Martin's contract will expire on July 1. With many teams around the league currently looking for blue-line help, the Penguins could be tempted to trade him during the season to help shore up their forward ranks. But if Pittsburgh is serious about taking a run at the Stanley Cup this season, it should hang onto the two-time Olympian and do what it can to sign him to a new deal.

Martin arrived in Pittsburgh during the summer of 2010. He left behind the New Jersey Devils franchise that drafted and developed him in favor of a Penguins squad that was one year removed from winning a Stanley Cup.

Pittsburgh's contract offer of $25 million over five years was also a nice upgrade from the $3.8 million cap hit he'd incurred in Jersey ...

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