Heading into his 15th NHL season and 13th with the NY Islanders, Matt Martin has not just been a staple with the organization but across Long Island. The Islanders battering ram spent two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs after becoming a free agent in 2016 but returned home in 2018 when Lou Lamoriello traded for the Windsor native.
Now 34 years old, Martin's body has endured profound wear and tear, amassing 3,703 hits in 898 career games - second all-time only to his partner in crime, Cal Clutterbuck (3,756). Despite what his body has gone through, Martin put together one of the best statistical seasons of his career in 2022-23, tying a career-high with 19 points and finishing with double-digit assists for the first time, ending the year with 12.
Now in the final year of a four-year deal at an AAV of $1.5M, decisions will have to be made by Martin and the Islanders' front office at season's end regarding his future. But for now, Martin's eyes are set on repeating what he did last season as the Isles' aging roster pushes for another opportunity at the Stanley Cup playoffs.