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When it rains, it pours: Pens’ Martin (broken leg) out 4-6 weeks

Nov 27, 2013, 11:57 AM EDT

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At this point, Pittsburgh might save time by informing us who isn’t hurt.

On Wednesday, Pens head coach Dan Bylsma announced that defenseman Paul Martin would be lost for the next 4-6 weeks with a fractured tibia, putting him on the shelf next to a staggering number of injured Pens.

Martin, 32, was in the midst of a fine campaign and looked to be right in the mix for a spot on the U.S. Olympic squad. He was averaging a career-high 25:17 TOI per game while sharing the team lead for d-man scoring (11 points, with Matt Niskanen).

News of Martin’s injury comes one day after Pittsburgh lost forward Tanner Glass to a broken hand (3-4 weeks) and two days after it lost another forward, Beau Bennett, for 8-10 weeks after wrist surgery.

So, just in case you’ve lost track:

– Bennett is out following surgery.
– Glass is out with a broken hand.
– Martin is out with a broken leg.
Chuck Kobasew is on IR with a lower-body issue.
Rob Scuderi is on IR with a broken ankle.
Tomas Vokoun is on LTIR with a blood clot.

  1. steelers88 - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Time for the Penguins to make a trade? At least Crosby or Malkin hasn’t got hurt yet.

    • ibieiniid - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      suck dicks much?

    • 950003cups - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      Glass martin is back!

      Probably gonna miss the Olympics… Again.

      Last time he blamed the Devils medical staff.

  2. curioustraveler13 - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    This is nuts. What’s a hockey season without a little adversity. If the pens hold on to first in the division despite all these injuries, it really says a lot about the metropolitan division. Glad it’s all happening now rather then late in the season. Hey Boston fans Paul Martin played the 3 rd period on a fractured tibia in that game. Does he meet your standard for “tough” now?

    • hockey412 - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      ha I got a kick out of that last part :)

      The only bright spot is that they are currently in first in the division and we’ll finally get to see these young kids. The D is the same as it was last year, with the absense of Martin. Bortuzzo should get time, they just called up Despres, we STILL haven’t seen Dumoulin, which is the guy they said was most NHL ready at the start of the season.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        wait…. was that first line another leg joke?

  3. steelers88 - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    I don’t know if the Pens will hold onto the top spot Washington is right on their tales.

    • jpelle82 - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      ah yes, they are chasing their tales. those storied fables that the penguins author every year. everyone tries to read them but few can reach the top shelf at the bookstore to get their hands on them. i wonder…maybe this is the year, with the injuries piling up and all…

      • ibieiniid - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        lmao thank you. SOMEBODY needed to say something, and I already asked the guy if he sucks dicks other than Crosby and Malkin’s, so I thought I’d lay off.

  4. pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    I swear ever since 2010-11 we have been snake bitten by injuries. Much like the Steelers it gets old with injuries constantly. Will a trade happen? Maybe it will but I’m thinking that it probably won’t.

    • hazlydose - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      Probably because injuries occur in contact sports?

  5. badfish86 - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    They still have their to line healthy. With the money they pay Crosby and Malkin they should be to win every game.

    • hazlydose - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      Its this mindset that leaves my fellow penguin fans shocked when they get exposed for their lack of depth in the playoffs.

  6. bencia823 - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Am I the only one here who has no idea how Martin would only be out for a month or two with a BROKEN LEG?

    • hockey412 - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      I think it has to do with the degree of the fracture – it’s not like he snapped his Femur and he didn’t break his shin as badly as Stamkos.

      Still…I find none of this to be Humerus.

      Ok that was a horrible joke….

      • ibieiniid - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        no worries, it was just a quick ribbing.

      • jpelle82 - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        oh snap! wonder if the pens will drop in the stand-ings. they dont have a leg to stand on now. paul martin is a leg-end on the blue line. they lean on him a lot, they will need a new crutch back there. by the way….what do you call a chick with one leg?…eileen

      • ibieiniid - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        man, i’m falling behind. i need to bone up on my anatomy puns.

  7. thehabsnation - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Every team goes through this stretch…Montreal had,


    All round roughly the same time.

  8. ironyisadeadscene - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Take solace that its happening now and not after the Olympic break….pun intended

  9. steelers88 - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    The Penguins have had a lot of injuries these past few years. I wonder if it’s their conditioning.

    • curioustraveler13 - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      Every time i think “he can’t possibly make a comment more stupid then this”, you always find a way to one up me. Please enlighten me what kind of conditioning helps prevent bones from breaking as a result of being struck by a puck.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        I’m sayin man, you guys really gotta trade steelers88 for steelpensbucs (spelling). that person actually knows more than two things about hockey. chanceoffleury too.

      • curioustraveler13 - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        I value your input ibieniid 10000 times more then anything steelers88 writes up. I honestly think hes a anti pens fan who just likes to troll pens fans. Just my opinion.

  10. kastout11 - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Injuries to 3rd and 4th line players are not a big deal early in the season. Frankly, the injury to Martin is not that significant. As long as you are healthy going into the playoffs, that is all that matters. The Pens will easily finish in the top 8 in the conference, and everyone knows that behind Boston, the Pens will be the favorites to represent the East to win the cup. As a Flyers fan, I really cannot stand the Pens, but anyone with any hockey sense, can see the Pens and Bruins are the class of the Eastern Conference.

    • ibieiniid - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      dude what are you talking about? we’re like 1/3 of the way into the season and the Pens are very catchable by several other teams in the division. it’s PROBABLE they’ll win the division, but in no way is it a lock at this point.

    • killerpgh - Nov 27, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      It’s not top 8 in the conference anymore. The only guarantee to make the playoffs in finishing in the top 3 of your division.

  11. smeetoo - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    I don’t get the logic of some of you on here. Just because the Pens are banged up now, they won’t be later in the season? Having your regular guys out only puts pressure on those still there, trying to make extra plays or making up for the lack of line mates that will know their habits and styles, can easily lead to more injuries as the season progresses. It’s not like there’s a quota on injuries!

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