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“Obviously there’s a lot of thoughts that go through your head, as the time ticks away here, you wonder what’s in store for you and your future. You still hope something can get done [with the Islanders], but it’s a business. I never thought it would get this far, but this is how these things go.”
-Matt Martin, soon to be a UFA. More on Martin from Arthur Staple of Newsday.
The New York Post's Larry Brooks discusses the potential fates of more than a few free agents in his Sunday night Slap Shots column, but his focus involves the New York Islanders, who may not be able to retain Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, Matt Martin, or, Brooks fears, many free agents going forward:
What’s even worse for the Islanders — who may also lose fourth-line crusher Matt Martin to free agency — is the constant echo reverberating throughout the industry that the unwieldy logistics created by the franchise’s attempt to straddle Brooklyn and Long Island will discourage prime free agents from enlisting.
You should know that those holding that opinion have absolutely no ax to grind with the Islanders. Indeed, several people who took that position over the weekend have nothing but positive things to say about Jon Ledecky and the incoming ownership.
Plus, one agent with a marquee stable of players has told Slap Shots that he would not recommend that his clients sign with the Islanders as a result of the bad ice conditions at Barclays during the playoffs that he deemed “dangerous.”
Sometimes these pronouncements can be hyperbolic, and money can cure many ills, but the perception around the NHL is that the Islanders — hockey department and personnel aside — are not a destination franchise.
This is a critical juncture for the Islanders, who have spent years amassing draft picks and prospects but probably only have this season to cement Tavares’ long-term future with the organization. For if the club cannot attract free agents and can’t keep its own from walking out the door, then what are the odds that No. 91, in a dead heat with Pat LaFontaine as the greatest non-Dynasty player in franchise history, signs on for the duration before he can hit the open market in only two summers?
Brooks continues at length...
From the NHL:
ISLANDERS’ MARTIN SUSPENDED ONE GAME FOR KNEEING
NEW YORK (March 4, 2015) -- New York Islanders forward Matt Martihas been suspended for one game, without pay, for kneeing Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley during NHL Game No. 948 in Dallas on Tuesday, March 3, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 1:48 of the first period. Martin was assessed a major penalty for kneeing and a game misconduct.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Martin will forfeit $5,376.34. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Looks more like a knee to inner thigh hit.
Ryan White with a right hand which catches Matt Martin right on the nose.
Martin suffered a broken nose and after getting some repairs, returned to the game with a full shield.
Devils coach DeBoer said after the game he believes Kostopoulos will be OK.
Hockey legend and Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux dropped an unexpected bomb on the New York Islanders and the National Hockey League in the wake of suspensions and fines announced stemming from Friday’s night at the fights between his Pens and the Isles. In short, “Super” Mario whined in print to anyone listening that if the league doesn’t start X, Y and Zing to his liking, he might just take his ball and go home.
Sound familiar? It should, of course, considering this is the guy who once dubbed the NHL a “garage league” in the early nineties, as obstruction was on the rise, and swore he was close to retiring at that time because of it. (He didn’t, remember, not right away anyway and wouldn’t have for some time, if not for illness and injury.)
The game these days, without the hooks and holds that Lemieux once complained of is probably better, as a whole, but there are some who will argue that a little of that here and there, perhaps, might prevent some of the more serious injuries and questionable hits we seem to see every other game now. Case in point, a defenseman in pursuit of the puck in his own end is often a sitting duck for approaching forecheckers these days, with his partner unable to hold up the opponent in any way, shape or form as he once was.
That example carries some weight here only because Lemieux’s comments today centered around player safety, after New York’s Matt Martin suckered Pittsburgh’s Max Talbot and teammate Trevor Gillies took out Eric Tangradi with a head shot/flying fists combo.
One has to wonder, then, a few things:
via Katie Strang tweet,
Matt Martin has been suspended 2 games by the league for his hit Saturday on Vernon Fiddler
NEW YORK (December 20, 2010)—New York Islanders forward Matt Martin has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $6,792.12 in salary for delivering a blind-side check to the head of Phoenix Coyotes forward Vernon Fiddler in NHL game #475 on December 18, the National Hockey League announced today.
Martin’s fine is based on his average annual salary and is calculated under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
The incident occurred at 6:23 of the first period. Martin was assessed a minor penalty for charging.
Martin will miss games Wednesday against Tampa Bay and Thursday at New Jersey. He is eligible to return Sunday when the Islanders host Montreal.