Matt Martin is back with the New York Islanders. To date, he’s the only player that new GM Lou Lamoriello has traded for. Lou brought Martin to the Island with him by sending goaltender Eamon McAdam to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Great, Matt Martin is back with the New York Islanders. A reunion of the best fourth line in hockey from two years ago can now take place. Fantastic.
But was that necessary? During free agency, the Islanders also brought in Leo Komarov, Valtteri Filppula, and Tom Kuhnhackl. All can fit on the fourth line. And then there’s the fact that the Isles already had Ross Johnston on the roster who had just signed a four year $4 million deal.
Ross Johnston is Matt Martin light. Johnston provides the same type of game as Matt Martin, he just doesn’t have the same chemistry within the room.
Bringing Matt Martin back was and still is great. And if he can reignite Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas then the move is fantastic. But for now, the trade still seems questionable. Matt Martin might not even be the starting left-wing on the fourth line come opening night.