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Paul Martin Out 4-6 Weeks With Broken Hand Suffered In Shochi

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Penguins’ Paul Martin Out With Fractured Tibia

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Food, accommodations, cultural issues and a lack of ‘bonding time’ serve as Olympic obstacles

The Wall Street Journal's Brian Costa spoke with Nashville Predators GM and Team USA GM David Poile and several of his likely Olympic team players about the differences between the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and those to be held in Sochi in February. He brings up one point we've already heard being discussed--the soccer-like style and pace of play that European teams tend to play on 200-foot-long by 100-foot-wide rinks (as opposed to North American rinks, which are 85 feet wide)...

The difference between Vancouver, where the U.S. won silver in 2010, and Sochi isn't so much about geography as it is space. In the U.S. and Canada, the standard rink size is 85 feet wide. In Europe, rinks are 100 feet wide. A smaller playing surface lends itself to the more aggressive, bruising style of play that dominates the NHL. On the larger European surface, it's more a game of speed and finesse.

"The difference is a lot bigger than fans think," said Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman and Team USA hopeful Paul Martin. "You have more room to cover, especially around the nets."

And he duly notes the reason why Team Canada's World Junior team now brings its own chefs to overseas tournaments, and the vast majority of players will have difficulty finding palatable food, "comfort zones" in terms of their accommodations and might deal with a bit of culture shock in Sochi, where we've been told that "there's nothing to do" at the Olympic facilities in terms of filling free time because they're still being constructed:

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Penguins Lose Paul Martin For Six Weeks

Reports yesteday were a upper-body injury for Martin,

 

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Paul Martin Wanted To Prove Himself In Pittsburgh

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

"I asked him if he wanted a trade," Shero told ESPN.com this week.

These are the moments that define a person, a career even. In some ways, they define a franchise too.

Martin, signed to a five-year, $25-million deal in the summer of 2010, could not have been blamed if he said, "Yes, get me the heck out of here."

Fans were certainly clamoring for just such a move throughout the season as the mistakes piled up and Martin's play worsened.

"He was embarrassed by his year," Shero said.

But Martin looked at his boss and insisted he wanted to stay. He told Shero he didn't want to take the easy way out. Moreover, Martin pledged to return this season a different player, the old player, the player that had made him one of the top free-agent defensemen on the market in 2010.

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Paul Martin To Pittsburgh

via Scott Burnside tweet,

We can confirm Paul Martin is a Pittsburgh Penguin.

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Devils Finally Get Paul Martin Back

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils defenseman Paul Martin will make his return from a fractured left forearm tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

It will be Martin’s first game since he was injured when he was hit by a Bill Guerin shot on Oct. 24 in Pittsburgh.

Mark Fraser and Anssi Salmela will be the healthy scratches on defense for the Devils tonight.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Martin, who missed 49 games. “It’s just exciting to be around the guys and get back in there and play a game. I’m trying not to get too excited, but I think it will be fun.”

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Devils Will Have To Go Without Paul Martin For At Least 4 More Weeks

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said this morning that defenseman Paul Martin will miss at least another four weeks after having what he called “minor surgery” on his fractured left forearm on Tuesday.

“There has been a setback,” Lamoriello said. “The outside of the fracture has been healing, but the inside has not been healing at the rate that we wanted to see it heal. So, there’s been some minor surgery and he is recasted. So, he will be a minimum of four weeks.”

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Injuries Hit The Devils

via Tom Gulitti’s Twitter,

Pandolfo, Martin both out 4-6 weeks. Martin: non-displaced fracture of lower left arm above the wrist. Pandolfo’s right shoulder popped out.

added 11:16am, Tom has more on the injuries at his Fire & Ice blog.

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Devils Suffer Two Injuries

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

It appears defenseman Paul Martin and left wing Jay Panfolfo might both be out for a while.

Pandolfo’s right shoulder popped out of the socket on a hit from behind from ex-Devil Mike Rupp in the second period of the Devils’ 4-1 win over the Penguins tonight.

Martin said his left forearm “maybe” broken after he was hit with a shot and slashed on it in the third period.

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