New York Islanders UFAs Likely to Leave
Cap Hit: $1.000 / Age: 27 / Points: 19
Matt Martin was an integral part in what was arguably the best fourth line in the entire National Hockey League. He, Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas terrorized opponents with their tireless pressing and constant hitting
Martin was actually the league leader with the most hits in the league in 2015-16. Recording an astounding 25.95 hits per 60 rating. Along with that the 27 year old is coming off a career year with 19 points in 80 games.
He’s played so well that a contract the size of Clutterbucks $2.75 million would not be unwarranted. But the issue would remain that GM Garth Snow only has limited resources in which to sign players. Along with eight unrestricted free agents like Matt Martin, there are another seven pending RFAs.
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With his combination of age and pedigree Martin would be the perfect asset for any team. As such Snow shouldn’t find a lack of suitors for the Windsor, Ontario native. But rather than letting Martin walk, Snow will most likely package him in a deal for a top tier defender or center.
It would be tough to see Matt Martin go. The partnership and work ethic personified by that fourth line was truly amazing to watch. But all good things must come to an end.