Paul Martin Signs with San Jose Sharks

(Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
(Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

The San Jose Sharks signed defenseman Paul Martin to a four-year deal on the first day of free agency.

This signing was a predictable one, as general manager Doug Wilson had stated on NHL Live that more moves were coming, especially in regards to defense. By acquiring Martin, the Sharks filled a gaping hole in their defensive corp that severely hurt them last season.

Over 697 games, the American blueliner has earned 272 points and registered an incredible plus-100 rating. He consistently plays over 20 minutes a night and is a decent possession player despite starting most of his shifts in the defensive zone.

Martin has not accumulated more than 20 penalty minutes in a season since he played for the New Jersey Devils in 2008-2009. As Ross McKeon points out, this is because he is rarely caught out of position and is smart with his stick in all three zones.

At 34-years-old, Martin is one of the most experienced men in the Sharks’ defensive group. This is crucial for the replacing Scott Hannan, who acted as a mentor to the young Mirco Mueller last season.

The former Olympian will play a critical role for San Jose next season. His experience and defensive prowess is vital to the Sharks success and could help them to a deep playoff run in 2016.

Keep up with all the free agent movement at the The Hockey Writers’ Deal Tracker.


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-Contract is four years at $4.85 mil AAV