NY Islanders Plus/Minus for 2023-24: Matt Martin hoping to have a repeat of last season

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Whether he's 24 or 34, there's no arguing that there are few people to play the game who can lay the lumber like Martin. From the moment he pulled on a blue and orange sweater, wearing number 46 and a visor, he's done exactly what has been required of him, no questions asked.

After one of the worst seasons of his career in 2021-22, many people were ready to write Martin off, finishing with just seven points. There were calls to have him replaced with Ross Johnston on the fourth line, as it appeared he had nothing left in the tank. Last year likely changed people's minds as he stepped up in every way on the Isles' magical run in the second half of the season.

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Martin is never going to be a gamebreaker with the puck on his stick. He knows his role and plays it well, which is all the Islanders need out of him. Nothing more.

Getting more grey in the beard but still with the silky hair, Martin's body has taken a beating throughout his career, and the occasional game off may be best for him in the long run. With the emergence of Hudson Fasching last season, the Isles could occasionally rest Martin (or Clutterbuck), while sliding Fasching down to the fourth line and inserting Julien Gauthier. Martin will likely want to play in every game that he's healthy, but it could be for the overall benefit of all parties.