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Another Olympic injury: Pens’ Martin (broken hand) out 4-6 weeks

Feb 25, 2014, 1:08 PM EDT

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Another NHLer will miss significant time due to an injury suffered in Sochi.

Penguins defenseman Paul Martin, who missed the U.S.’s final two games of the tournament, suffered a broken hand and will miss the next 4-6 weeks of action, according to head coach Dan Bylsma.

Martin, 32, has had a miserable year in terms of health. He missed two games early in the season with a lower-body issue, then another 23 after fracturing his tibia in late November. The veteran rearguard was able to return to the Pittsburgh lineup in late January and play a handful of games before heading to the Olympics, only to see his Sochi experience end on a sour note (this coming after he failed to get a game at Turin ’06, and missed the ’10 Games in Vancouver because of a broken left forearm.)

As mentioned above, Martin is just the latest to suffer a significant injury at the Winter Olympics:

– Islanders captain John Tavares tore his MCL playing for Canada, and will miss the remainder of the season.

– Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg re-injured his back in Sweden’s tournament opener, underwent surgery and will be out eight weeks.

– Rangers leading scorer Mats Zuccarello broke his hand in the Norway’s final group game, and will be out 3-4 weeks.

– Florida rookie Aleksander Barkov hurt his knee playing for Finland, and will be out indefinitely.

– Florida forward Tomas Kopecky suffered a concussion playing for Slovakia, and is also out indefinitely.

– Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin suffered an ankle sprain playing for Russia, and is out 2-3 weeks.

For the Penguins, losing Martin is doubly tough given fellow defenseman Kris Letang is out indefinitely after suffering a stroke in January.

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  1. valoisvipers - Feb 25, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    This sucks on so many different levels!

  2. elvispocomo - Feb 25, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Pens in the market for a D at the deadline perhaps?

    • jpelle82 - Feb 25, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      he should be back for the playoffs. pens had 4 of their 6 hurt for a while this season, to the point guys like philip samuelsson were playing and they were still winning. they will be just fine the rest of the way. engelland will draw in regularly now and so will bortuzzo. bortuzzo has been decent enough but i hope they dont have to lean on him for any length of time in the playoffs, he tends to play a little close to the edge at times and is succeptible to dumb penalties.

  3. penguins87and71 - Feb 25, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    I heard that the Penguins don’t expect to have Kris Letang back at all this season.

    • hockey412 - Feb 25, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      Rossi reported that the Pens are proceeding as if he will not return, that is all. They have no idea what to expect, and they have to proceed that way. Otherwise they are pressuring a guy that just had a stroke to get back out on the ice.

  4. csilojohnson - Feb 25, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Ouch. Tough break. Despres was called up. He will see time. Hes been putting up career numbers in Wilkes Barre. Burt will get time. Thats only scratching the surface for blueliners capable in Pens family. Dont see any trades on D. I heard the same about Tanger. Tanger and Martin have had rough years pertaining to health.
    Cant wait till Thursday!!

  5. penguins87and71 - Feb 25, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    I wouldn’t count on Letang coming back this season. I believe his on blood thinners like Vokoun was.

  6. tkprivate - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    This is really unfortunate, as Martin was without exception the best Team USA defenseman at the Olympic games. I’ve not been a huge fan of Martin’s with the Pens (I’m a huge Pens fan) due to his slow-witted play and decision-making with the puck. At Sochi he was decisive and on his game totally. Was really looking forward to Paul bringing that momentum back to the Pens. Injury sucks – didn’t see it…how did it happen?

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