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Paul Martin (broken bone) out six weeks, placed on IR

Mar 30, 2013, 12:05 PM EDT

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You’d think the Pittsburgh Penguins have nothing but happy news these days after adding Brenden Morrow, Douglas Murray, and Jarome Iginla but that’s not quite the case.

Coach Dan Bylsma told reporters this morning that defenseman Paul Martin will be out six weeks with a broken bone that requires surgery and was placed on injured reserve. Which bone was unspecified, but this injury puts him out of action through the first round of the playoffs.

This could mean rookie Simon Despres gets called back from the minors to take his spot on the roster. While having him helps, Martin’s return to his previous form this season helped solidify Pittsburgh’s back line.

In case you’re wondering, the Penguins have over $4 million in cap space just in case GM Ray Shero gets the itch to go and add another player to help cushion the blow of losing Martin. Yeah, we didn’t think life was fair either.

  1. steelers88 - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    The Penguins might not be done with making trades. Though I have faith in Engelland and Depres to get the job done.

  2. sportsfreak13 - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Depres is going to be huge for us now. He’s going to get a lot of valuable experience with a heavier workload. I’m more excited about watching him play rather then nervous. I love this team.

  3. sportsfaninyyc - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Lucky for the Pens that Kaberle is now on waivers. Please pick him up- Habs management.

  4. sjsharks66 - Mar 30, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    I would not be surprised if the Pens went after boyle. Although that would put them over the cap 2 mil. Some how though Shero will find a way to make it work.

    Interested to see what they do now that Martin is out.

  5. csilojohnson - Mar 30, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    That hurts a lot. Martin was playing some of his best hockey this year. The Pens will be calling on their highly touted defensive depth. With Tanger and Martin out.

  6. thehighcountrybear - Mar 30, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    There’s only one remedy for broken bone syndrome:

    a ] Wrap bone in snug, warm, wet, slippery but not too slippery sheath, apply deep stroking motion until hot, release…retract, roll over?

    b ] Smoke…

    c ] Repeat per instruction a ] as needed

    Surgeon Generals Warning: Ensure snug, warm, wet, slippery but not too slippery sheath is bought and paid for by patient…

    If not, broken hearts and broken head may soon accompany broken bone…?

    • 19to77 - Mar 30, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Man, I want some of whatever you trip on before posting here. It must be pretty wild.

      • crosberries - Mar 30, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        Country bear is hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh

  7. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 30, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Injuries are one factor that could derail the Pens, although they’ve shown they have the depth to overcome every loss. But Martin is no small loss. He, Letang, and Niskanen have all had great seasons. It’s not just the current injuries I’d be worried about if I was a Pens fan… Crosby, Malkin, Letang, and even Fleury have shown they’re susceptible to injury. Couple that with aging vets Iginla, Morrow, and Dupuis and they’re somewhat fragile. But, like I said, they’ve overcome every hurdle thrown their way this season. In the postseason they’ll need their entire roster to win the Cup. I despise the Pens, but as a hockey fan I’m excited to see how this team comes together with their new additions.

  8. sjsharks66 - Mar 30, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    @philly

    It was a breath of fresh air to read that comment. It’s good to see hockey fans actually discussing hockey, no matter how big a rivalry is.
    I really dislike the flyers and their fans but i always have respected your outlook on here. You really seem to keep the discussion on hockey and not just trash talk!

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      Well thank you, it is Pro Hockey Talk so I try to stick to that mantra. I get drawn into petty arguments sometimes, as there are some fans on here that get under my skin, but I’d much rather talk hockey than go on about bankruptcy. And despite the way certain Flyers fans act on here there really are a lot of knowledgeable people in Philadelphia. I understand, you being a closet pens fan, why you wouldn’t like them though haha. But I love the game so I appreciate the respectful words.

  9. mclovinhockey - Mar 30, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Shero traded his 2015 6th round for byfuglian haha nah but the way this year is going I would not be surprised.

    I hope someone can stop the pens but I hate injuries and hope Martian recovers quickly. I wanna watch this team at full power in the playoffs.

    Good luck pens, not like you will need it- flyers fan

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